Mistakes We Make While Buying Industrial Warehouse Racking

Warehouse racking is a common type of storage system that takes advantage of vertical space. Mistakes made while buying pallet racking systems include not matching storage needs to specific storage options, failing to plan for the future, and buying non-certified used products. Familiarize yourself with these common errors to avoid losing time and money.

Mistake #1: Not Matching Storage With Storage Needs

There are many different types of racking available. It is a mistake to think that one size fits all when it comes to storage racks. For instance, you shouldn’t build a pallet flow racking system if you need access to all pallets at all times. Pallet flow racking is a high-density option that does not afford access to pallets unless they are at the front of the system.

To avoid mistakes like this, you need to consider how much warehouse storage space you have, your material handling equipment, and your inventory rotation method. If you are limited by space in your storage facility, you should look into high-density storage racks like pallet flow, push-back, or drive-in pallet racking.

Consider your current material handling equipment before purchasing new warehouse racking. If you overlook your existing equipment, you risk building new storage that requires additional equipment investments. This is a costly mistake because even purchasing the cheapest forklift will set you back thousands of dollars.

Your inventory rotation method determines the style of racking you need. If your inventory is perishable and requires first-in, first-out (FIFO) rotation, then you need a storage system designed to provide that. Pallet flow racking and carton flow racking both accommodate FIFO rotation.

Mistake #2: Not Planning for the Future

Growing businesses make a huge mistake when they buy storage systems that cannot grow with the business. This happens when companies decide against high-density storage options when they think they have enough room for their inventory. Once the business grows, the warehouse must go through a costly storage system redesign.

Another mistake that leads to poor scalability in the future occurs when businesses purchase non-universal racking. Universally designed racking can accommodate new load capacity requirements or inventory items.

Jaken Fastrak Uprights display the universal teardrop design. Horizontal beams connect to the upright easily and can be changed quickly. The upright has beam connection points every 1.5” for enhanced customization options. Shelving systems and rack systems use this connection design to make storage systems scalable and customizable. Invest in universal storage designs and avoid limiting yourself in the future.

Mistake #3: Failing to Ensure Used Rack Quality

Used racking is a cost-effective and fast way to outfit a warehouse with rack storage. Just make sure to thoroughly inspect any used racking components. A dent in an upright could turn into irreparable damage to the whole storage system if it goes unnoticed.

Demand to see the Load Application and Rack Configuration (LARC) drawings before you buy to avoid purchasing damaged racking. In collaboration with the American National Standards Institute, the Rack Manufacturing Institute requires updated LARC drawings for all rack storage systems. If the seller does not have LARC documents for their used storage system, consider purchasing used racking from storage system distribution companies.

Avoid Mistakes for Successful Storage

Minimize the frequency and intensity of mistakes by learning from others. Think through what storage system matches your warehouse’s needs the best before you buy. Look into universal storage designs and demand certification for used racking to keep your staff safe.

For more information on industrial warehouse racking, check out our product selection at Shelving + Rack Systems Inc. If you have more questions about purchasing racking systems, contact us at (800) 589-7225.