backorder

  

Definition

A customer order that cannot be filled when presented, and for which the customer is prepared to wait for some time. The percentage of items backordered and the number of backorder days are important measures of the quality of a company's customer service and the effectiveness of its inventory management.

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  • You may need to place a backorder when you know that you are going to want something but can't get it right now.

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  • There was a backorder in our inventory so we had to issue a free item to keep our customers satisfied.

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  • I knew it was going to be a backorder and I would have to wait for a few days before my thing arrived.

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