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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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Inventory managers often report back-order days relative to the total number of days in a period (that is, the number of back orders existing each day summed and divided by the number of days in a given period of interest), or they may just tally and report the occurrence of an unfilled demand, irrespective of how long the back order lasts.
Perhaps the most challenging thing is where are you actually going to get the back order magazines and newspapers from.
That meant we had to find another supplier and trying to deal with the back orders and at the same time keep up with requests for parts as they came in was very difficult.
The net result: The company loses business because of the back orders, and it must rearrange its production schedules to replenish inventory.
In light of the recently-reached debt settlement agreement with our lead banker and the continuing negotiations with our vendors to settle old account obligations owed by our recently acquired German subsidiaries, the Company expects to complete equity funding to fully execute the back orders amounting to over $40 million and facilitate successful implementation of the business plan.
Only 64 percent of the back orders from depot customers could be tied to an RO hole, and only 75 percent of the RO holes from depot customers could be tied to a back order.