back order

1. noun An item that is not currently available for sale but can be ordered. No, that dress is sold out, but we can make it a back order for you.
2. verb To order an item that is not currently available for sale. No, that dress is sold out, but we can back order it for you.
See also: back, order
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

back-order something

[for a merchant] to order something that is not in stock and make delivery to the customer when the goods become available. The store didn't have the replacement part for my vacuum cleaner, so the manager back-ordered it for me. The shop had to back-order some of the items on my list.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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By allowing newer TSRs to handle easier tasks -- such as straight orders or catalog requests -- and sending more complicated jobs -- such as back-order check-ins and customer service -- to experienced reps, you get the most out of automation and human interaction, Kislik says.
That said, CompUSA still lists the notebook as on back-order. Not to worry.