All across the country, there are warehouse and distribution centres waiting to store and manage your goods. You’ve chosen your warehouse, transported your merchandise and now you can focus on selling and maintaining your end of the business. But you’re not alone. Numerous other larger and smaller retailers will have done exactly the same thing.
So how does the warehouse manage to store such huge volumes of goods and maintain a smooth operation of well stocked pallets coming in and out every day?
Part of it is having an effective stock management system, but it is also crucial to have the right storage facilities in place. DMG Freight Services have been providing pallets storage for companies looking to store and distribute their goods for years and have a great deal of experience in the warehousing world.
Different pallet storage methods for your business
Traditional pallet storage is the most common due to its relatively inexpensive cost to install and economical use of floor space. It’s a series of structurally enhanced shelves that can stretch up to 11m tall and is one of the easiest ways to store and retrieve pallets.
Block stacking on the other hand is the cheapest warehouse storage system to implement, because as the name suggests, pallets are simply stacked up on top of one another directly onto the warehouse floor. Though the least expensive method, it requires huge amounts of planning in advance, as the pallets underneath cannot be accessed easily.
Push back storage looks very similar to standard pallet storage racks, with large vertical shelving structures evenly spaced along a warehouse floor. But these racks work in a different way. When a loaded pallet is added to the bottom of a shelf, the rest are pushed backwards up a slightly elevated ramp.
When the pallet at the front is removed, the rest move forward to take its place. This can be very efficient, although a considerable amount of planning is needed when loading the pallets, as the ones at the back will be difficult to access.
Some warehouses implement a completely automated system, where computers control all the storage and retrieval systems, including conveyer belts and mechanical arms. These can be expensive to install but are very effective when up and running, particularly when dealing with small items, or goods that need refrigeration in very low temperatures.