Every warehouse has different needs and fulfillment processes based on their product and end customer. Depending on your type of inventory and order flow, there are multiple pallet racking options to fit your specific needs. In order to choose the ideal warehouse pallet rack option, consider the following five tips:
- Storage Density
If you need to maximize your storage space, consider deep lane storage solutions such as drive-in, drive-thru, and push back racks. For hard to store items like wood or pipe, consider cantilever rack. These types of warehouse racks can increase space utilization within a warehouse.
- FIFO or LIFO
If you require FIFO (first in first out), consider pallet flow racks. Evaluate your shelving units; buried loads can increase material handling costs. Selective pallet racking allows for direct access to any pallet.
- Picking Profiles
Order picking depends on the type of product, how products are ordered, and how they are packed. Are you primarily picking pallets, cases, or by the piece? These aspects can have a large effect on which warehouse rack system you choose.
- Rack Decking
Additional wire, wood or corrugated decking components may be needed for further stability. Wire decks are the most popular and are used to stabilize products and pallets on the load beams. View most common wire decking sizes.
- Forklift Access
Aisle width is extremely important when considering how to access your products via forklift. Lift truck type determines the aisle width needed and can range from 8 ft. up to 13 ft. wide and typical is a standard 12 feet for counterbalance lift trucks. See OSHA guidelines for more information.