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How to choose the right pallet racking system for your food and beverage warehouse?

In contrast to typical dry goods warehouses, food and beverage warehouses must consider a wide range of factors, whether handling refrigerated, frozen or chilled products. Each item must be cared for and maintained according to proper sanitation standards, health compliance and storage efficiency.

The needs of the refrigerated storage market are unique. You are looking for innovative refrigerated warehouse racking that can adapt to an ever-changing market. You're looking for high-density storage that takes into account the timeliness required for perishables and does so in an environmentally responsible manner, whether through recyclable packaging, reduced carbon footprint or equipment that promotes operator safety.

Unique challenges

Most of them involve a supply chain that provides ample space and a pallet racking system to maximize space and efficiency. As a result, racking provides much-needed organization to promote accessibility and space savings within the warehouse. We have identified some of the challenges you may face when storing food and beverages.

● Cost: The need to reduce costs and maximize productivity
● Coping with SKU proliferation
● Maximizing storage (pallet location)
● FIFO requirements
● Food hygiene

Racking Types for the Food and Beverage Industry

Our experience has shown that high density rack systems are the popular rack style. Pushback, Pallet Flow and Drive-in are used for ambient and refrigerated environments. Selective racking will also always have a place to take advantage of all available space in the plant or for small volume applications per SKU.

Racking System Design Criteria

The following is a list of criteria that we consider when designing food and beverage warehouses.

● Whether FIFO is required
●# SKU
● Total pallet locations needed
● Pallets per SKU
● Hygiene requirements
● Open product?
Forklift type
● Allowable storage space
● Needs protection/reinforcement

By planning and selecting the right pallet racking system correctly, you can increase productivity, safety, product damage/loss and reduce the number of errors associated with warehouse performance.

We have worked with market leading companies in the food industry. We have a wide variety of customers in the food and beverage industry. Please feel free to contact our team with any interest or needs.


Further Reading:

What will be difference after using the pallet rack?

How to manage the materials in the warehouse?

Five ways to reduce warehouse storage costs

How can boltless racks solve your storage problems?

How to make the best use of small warehouse space?

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