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

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.
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That created a back-order so huge the companies couldn't make pumps for anybody else for more than a year, giving Taylor's brand time to become established.
However, the demand for the Seraphine maternity gown was so high that it's presently on back-order, Us Magazine reported.
However, back-order measures can be a source of confusion because inventory managers may report back orders with or without an associated duration.
Despite its efficacy, Zostavax sales have been disappointing and hampered by manufacturing snags, with the vaccine currently on back-order.
I recently purchased a new model Kimber Tactical Custom II that was on back-order for six to eight weeks.
Merchants have the option to designate products eligible for back-order and specify whether or not the software will charge for back-ordered products at the time of checkout or when they are shipped.
That said, CompUSA still lists the notebook as on back-order.
Management also needs to assess the adequacy of the inventory back-order system.
If the domain name becomes available and there is only one back-order placed on the name, the name will be transferred to the back-order customer, who will be charged $60.
All items immediately available are given a CWT of zero, and the back-order days are captured for all parts that have to be ordered.
BulkRegister, the world's leading B2B registrar, has joined SnapNames'(R) Transfer Fulfillment domain name back-order platform, providing BulkRegister's global network of over 27,000 members preferred access to expired domain names.
We've heard the merchandise is on back-order at some stores, but Target in Granada Hills had plenty of stock when we checked earlier this week.
However, although such a large number of gifts are given out, only 30 percent are ordered before November, causing a tremendous back-order for manufacturers and leading to gifts being delivered after the holiday is over.
This decrease was caused by premature end-of- life for these products and was further accentuated by an accumulated back-order of the RealTech Laser 400 generated in 1991 but fulfilled in the first quarter of 1992 which totaled more than $1,800,000.
Additionally, the division reported a very good back-order position, resulting from strong acceptance of products introduced during the last 12 to 18 months and low field inventories.