Many warehousing and distribution companies store their products on racked pallets. There are several options when it comes to racked pallet storage and each business will have its own specific storage requirements so it’s important that a warehouse has all angles covered. We’ve come up with a list of the most common rack pallet storage systems to show just how flexible this type of storage really is.
So what are the various types of pallet storage on offer?
Push Back Rack
With a push back rack, goods and products are stored using a rail-guided carrier. When one load is placed onto the rack, it pushes the other loaded items back, deeper into the rack. Similarly, when one load is removed, the next one in the lane takes it place which means that each load is easily accessible.
Single-Deep Pallet Rack
This system ensures easy access to every pallet stored in the rack and resolves the issue of block stacking. When a pallet is removed, the space is instantly available to new pallets. A versatile solution, single-deep pallet racks are the preferred choice of most warehouses today. The only drawback to this storage solution is that it requires a lot of floor space.
Double-Deep Pallet Rack
As the name suggests, double-deep pallet storage consists of two single racks that are placed together, reducing the number of aisles needed. However, this storage solution isn’t as effective as single-deep storage as this type of racking is prone to honeycombing.
This type of pallet storage provides between five and ten pallets. The drive-in lanes enable forklift access to move stock; however, there is limited space for maneuvering. This pallet storage solution is similar to block stacking as it shares many of the same principles.
Pallet Flow Rack
A pallet flow rack operates on a conveyor that moves the pallets from one end of the rack to another. This pallet storage solution is normally used by warehouses that have a high turnover.
Which of the above racked pallet solutions do you find most effective? What pallet storage solution does your warehouse or distribution centre use? We’re curious to hear your thoughts.