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Selecting the right pallet racking system for your business

Logistics centers, warehouses, distribution centers, supermarkets and stores around the world use rack fixtures of all shapes and sizes to help us store our goods.

However, if you look closely, you will see that not all racking systems are created equal. For those in the industry, this is well known, but for the uninitiated, it's not easy to spot the differences, let alone understand why you would use one type of shelving over another.

However, if you are trying to determine what type of pallet racking system you need to purchase to get the most out of your warehouse facility, then this is the post for you. 

In order to determine what type of pallet racking system your organization needs, you need to answer a few questions about your business and your warehouse facility. The following questions will provide you with a good start on purchasing a pallet racking system.


What is your storage space ratio? 

You will find different pallet racking systems offering various storage densities. The ability to choose the pallet racking system that best suits your needs will largely depend on how high your storage space ratio is. Answering this question will enable you to make the best use of the space available in your warehouse.

The weight of the pallets you will be storing? 

When choosing which type of pallet racking system you should purchase, considering the weight of the pallets is very critical. Since different systems offer different maximum weights, you should know the weight of the pallets in order to choose the most suitable and cost effective system.

How do I need to access the inventory from the storage system? 

How the inventory is accessed from the storage system will largely determine which type of pallet racking system you need to purchase. To answer this question, you need to consider the following. 

●Do you need to access the entire inventory at once?
●Do you need a queuing (FIFO) or stacking ( LIFO) system?
●What type and size of forklift do you need to access your inventory?

How does your team make selections from storage? 

Does your team pick items from pallets or entire pallets at a time? This has a major impact on what type of pallet racking system you need to purchase. 

Does your company need to meet any association or government regulations? 

Before purchasing any pallet racking system, you need to consider any regulations that your organization needs to comply with. These governing regulations may affect the type of storage system you can choose.

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