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Backlog

The total value of orders for a product that have not been filled. The backlog can help a company estimate its future earnings or other performance more accurately. This metric is used most often in manufacturing.

backlog

a build-up of customer orders which a firm has agreed to deliver at specified future dates. Backlogging is one means by which a firm can ‘even out’ demand in relation to its production capacity, allowing delivery lead times to increase during peaks in demand and shorten during slack periods. Backlogs of orders can provide an alternative to STOCKHOLDING or OVERTIME working, and varying the backlog may be the only way of dealing with demand fluctuations in some service industries. See PRODUCTION SCHEDULING.
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4 million in the crime lab's total current budget, although lab officials said they cannot estimate how much of that is being used to cope with the backlog.
This is not an area that can be spot checked or audited; during the time focused on backlog reduction, one of a manager's most important roles will be the constant communication of productivity expectations and the associated review of individual results against those expectations--every day, until the backlog is eliminated.
Use technicians with less backlog to complete jobs from the excessive-backlog list.
In contrast, the West has experienced increasing backlog for two consecutive quarters and arguably enjoys more forward momentum than any of the four regions monitored by ABC," Basu said.
The average backlog fell in all three industry segments - commercial, industrial and infrastructure - between January 2009 and January 2010.
Exacerbating these problems is the fact that most IHEs have experienced huge increases in size of backlog over the past decade.
The backlog in services is not just in criminal background checks.
You'll need to work with the staff to develop a backlog plan, which will spell out what work should be done daily and weekly.
Backlog is defined as 0% complete finished goods when no portion is in the work-in-process state.
Compared to the first quarter of 2011, construction backlog is slightly higher in every region with the exception of the Northeast.
The infrastructure sector continues to report the largest average construction backlog at 9 months, though it is now shrinking.