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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.

back order

An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don't have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb back-order means "to obtain such an item," as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.
See also: back, order
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In the extreme, if fill rate were used as the only metric to gauge an inventory manager's performance, it could create the perverse incentive to not fill back-ordered demands at all
Marketplace@Novation offers a variety of new online pharmacy supply analysis tools that: provide automatic daily alerts for products that exceed contract prices; flag new contract opportunities and validate savings based upon purchases; notify providers of price tier maximization opportunities; enable members to create real time, customized market baskets; proactively monitor failure-to-supply refunds; and instantly calculate additional expense to purchase a substitute product when products become back-ordered.
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.
what is back-ordered, how many of the products are on hand, shipping status, etc.
Fast-growth companies usually experience an increase in back-ordered merchandise.
Even if you've done all your homework, and know your manufacturer is a company with a reputation for on-time delivery, you still may have back-ordered items.
It is assumed that raw parts are always available at the input of stage 1 and that external demands that cannot be immediately satisfied, which occurs when the output buffer of stage N is empty, are back-ordered.
The difference in this case, however, is that, instead of taking 10 days to get the back-ordered assets, it now took 20 days each.