3 Mistakes to Avoid When Ordering Pallet Racks

As one of Michigan’s most trusted suppliers of material handling and storage equipment, we’ve seen businesses make mistakes when it comes time to order the best apparatus for the job. Some may be trying to cut financial corners, while others might have received poor advice previously.

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At Shelving + Rack Systems, we strive to provide a hassle-free service where our customers receive exactly what they need, when they need it.

Although we provide a comprehensive consultation for all our customers before they purchase, we’ve also created this list of mistakes to avoid when you’re ordering pallet racks.

1. Ordering the exact amount you currently need

When ordering pallet rack systems, many companies tend to examine their average stock levels and buy in the exact number of pallet racks they need. They don’t consider the potential need for extra storage during busier periods or following positive growth in their business.

Many businesses then find they need to panic-buy extra pallet racks down the line. A good rule of thumb is to purchase slightly more than you think you need, which will allow you to store higher levels of inventory comfortably.

2. Cutting corners

In the current financial climate, we appreciate that many businesses are trying to reduce their bottom line as much as they can. However, one of the areas where you shouldn’t attempt to cut costs is your storage systems.

For example, some businesses store product that weighs more than their pallet storage system is designed to hold. This practice is incredibly dangerous, posing a risk of stock and property damage and, more importantly, personal injury.

At worst, an over-encumbered pallet rack could lead to a total collapse of your storage system. Always purchase the appropriate pallet rack system to distribute the weight of your product evenly and safely.

3. Using the wrong kind of rack

A surprisingly common mistake we hear about is when companies order the wrong kind of pallet rack for the product they’re storing. For instance, many businesses who store drums don’t use specific drum storage pallet racks.

Storing drums usually means a business is dealing with hazardous, potentially flammable materials. For this very reason, drum storage is subject to specific rules and regulations, focused primarily on the storage apparatus used.

Drum storage pallet racks feature additional protective barriers to prevent falls and spills, reducing the likelihood of personal injury or property damage.

Shelving + Rack Systems is a reliable supplier of drum storage pallet racks in Michigan. Don’t hesitate to contact us for further advice if you’re unsure about the type of pallet rack you need for your product.

Final words

We appreciate that, with so many new and used pallet rack storage systems available, ordering the right type for your warehouse can be a complicated process.

At Shelving + Rack Systems, we provide all our customers with a detailed consultation before any purchase, working through details like the dimensions of your space, the kind of products you’re storing, and any other requirements you might have. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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