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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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A National Forensic DNA Study Report in late 2003 found a backlog of about 150,000 such cases across the country.
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At the same time, improvement in commercial and institutional construction became more apparent as backlog in these two sectors rose to the highest level in the history of the series," Basu said.
Considering how customer service representatives grapple with backlogs, it is clear they need help.
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The backlog of individuals waiting to be naturalized has gone up tremendously over the past few years,'' she said, ``and in response these centers will help reduce the delays caused when applicants submit illegible or incomplete fingerprints.
While the CBI edged higher in September, backlog generally remains uncomfortably small, particularly for firms in the heavy industrial category.
WASHINGTON -- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports that the nation's Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for July rose 8.
WASHINGTON -- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its inaugural Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI), a forward-looking measurement reflecting the amount of work to be performed by contractors in the months ahead.
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