Why Pallet Racking is Getting More Popular

Pallet racking is a warehouse storage and material handling system that uses pallets positioned on storage racks to stock items. There are multiple types of pallet racking systems designed for different sizes and weights of products.

Depending on your warehouse operation and inventory management system, specific types of pallet racking are designed to optimize warehouses. Carefully selected racks can help improve picking speed, warehouse organization, and order fulfillment.

According to Grand View Research, the warehouse racking market size is forecast to grow significantly over the next decade. With an increased demand for products and services globally, plus the continually growing eCommerce market, warehouses and storage facilities need additional pallet racking to stock their inventory.

When shopping for pallet racking, it’s important to work with a reliable and experienced equipment provider, like Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc. We provide a wide range of new and used pallet racks for all types of storage facilities.

Benefits of Pallet Racking

Choosing the right pallet racking for your distribution center can directly impact productivity and efficiency, affecting your bottom line. Before investing in a new pallet racking system for your facility, consider the following benefits:

Versatility

Whether you want to increase vertical space, install high-density storage racks, or create safer passages for forklift access, pallet racking is a versatile and cost-effective option. Pallet racking allows you to create a smarter, more efficient, and productive warehouse.

Due to its versatility, suitability to various storage applications, ease of assembly, and affordability, selective pallet racking is a widely used racking system. Selective pallet racks offer the widest selection of sizes, configurations, and accessories for customization.

It is available in a range of materials, including steel, to support heavy-duty or bulky items.

Improves efficiency

Warehouses can increase their storage capacity while expanding floor space with the right pallet racking, maximizing vertical space and pallet organization. This also creates easier access for employees, machinery, and forklifts.

With increased storage space, workers have easier access to stored products, enabling them to work more efficiently in a safer warehouse environment.

We supply building column guards to protect freestanding rack columns from forklift damage. Our 4” high economy shelf bins can provide you with additional storage and easy access for smaller goods.

Durability

Pallet racking is designed for long-term use and is manufactured with durable materials, such as heavy-gauge steel. Always choose a pallet racking system designed to meet your facility’s needs, ensuring it provides adequate support and protection for all items.

Structural steel pallet racking systems provide a high degree of safety for warehouse employees due to their durability.

There is an enormous market for used pallet racking. Purchasing used pallet racks from Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc., is an effective cost-saving strategy for warehousing businesses. We test and inspect all our products to ensure they are up to industry standards and retain their structural integrity.

We stock bulk racks capable of heavy-duty storage. If you require durable storage units for large, bulky items, consider our 84” high pre-engineered racks. They are manufactured using heavy-duty 14 gauge steel and contain solid deck shelves. These steel shelves can hold up to 1,900 lbs. per beam pair.

Types of Pallet Racking

While there are different multifunctional pallet racks, it’s important to choose the right style for your warehouse. Key considerations include size, shape, weight capacity, and cost. Ensure you estimate the flow of products and measure the size of your warehouse before deciding on a pallet racking system.

Once you have established the needs of your warehouse, find pallet racks that maximize productivity, efficiency, and ultimately, profits. At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc., we provide high-quality racking and shelving systems and offer professional advice and guidance on setting up your storage facility.

If you’re unsure of the best storage option for your business, speak to one of our experienced project managers about the most suitable racking system for your warehouse needs. Some of our most popular types of pallet racking systems include:

Popular Pallet Racking

Cantilever racking

Cantilever racking is a form of heavy-duty storage specifically designed for holding long, bulky, or awkward goods. Items such as pipes, lumber, machinery, and furniture are often tricky to store due to their irregular shape and size.

Cantilever racking doesn’t use vertical posts on the front, so you can easily store and access bulky goods.

At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc., we provide several models of cantilever racks, from medium to heavy-duty options. Our Series 1000 medium-duty racks are ideal storage options for stocking bars, pipes, tubes, and lumber. They are extremely durable and can stand up to years of intensive use. We also sell matching Series 1000 arms and braces separately.

Pallet flow racking

Pallet flow racking systems, often called gravity flow racks, are excellent options for manufacturing plants or high turnover warehouses that use a first-in-first-out (FIFO) management approach. Pallet flow configurations use elevated racks and rollers to allow pallets to flow through the system smoothly and efficiently.

Pallet flow racking can be adjusted depending on your warehouse layout and the amount of available space.

We supply key pallet flow racking components, including frames, beams, brackets, footplates, uprights, supports, nets, and accessories. Build your pallet flow system using our pallet rack starter unit, available in heights of 96” or 144” and depths of 42” and 48”.

We can provide conveyors, wheels, or rollers of different sizes and strengths, depending on your needs. Our chain-driven live roller conveyors are designed for the steel and foundry industries and are suitable for heavy-duty applications, such as bulky drum handling.

For lighter goods, our PVC rollers feature spring-loaded axles and 12 gauge steel. With a 10 lb. roller capacity, these are often used for lightweight pharmaceutical goods.

Drive-in racking

Drive-in racking enables high-density storage, arranging your stock multiple pallets deep. Drive-in racking is organized in a compact configuration, maximizing storage capacity and reducing the number of forklift operating aisles.

This type of system is designed for LIFO inventory management as it is only accessible by one forklift aisle. Drive-in racking is suitable for storing homogenous goods when space is relatively tight.

With a compact drive-in system, warehouse safety is extremely important. Ensure your workers and equipment are well protected with column protectors, sturdy railing, and barriers.

Aisle marking tape is a practical and effective safety tool that can guide warehouse workers and forklift and machinery operators. Our brightly colored tape is made from durable vinyl materials, which can stand up to heavy vehicle and foot traffic.

Mobile racking

Mobile racking is becoming increasingly popular for storage facilities and manufacturing plants. Mobile units are space-efficient and versatile. As they only require the working aisles to be open at any one time, they eliminate the need to establish set aisle widths.

One of the greatest advantages of mobile racking is that it can be fully integrated with your existing static system without needing a major warehouse overhaul.

At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc., we stock various mobile storage options, from chrome wire shelving units to high-density storage racks. Our 4-shelf mobile units are excellent for storing or transporting goods up to 1,200 lbs. The zinc-plated shelves and posts are durable but lightweight, making them very versatile.

Upgrade Your Storage Equipment With Pallet Racking

Modern warehouses and storage plants are now highly efficient, productive, and well-organized facilities. The storage system and warehouse layout are key to all operations and help ensure a safe and well-run business.

Whether you need a push back pallet rack system or additional mobile units to increase space efficiency, upgrade your equipment with Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc.

We supply high-quality new and used systems and storage accessories. We also provide turnkey system management, helping you design, plan, assemble, install, and integrate your upgraded system.

Contact us today to discuss your pallet racking options with a member of our team, or browse our online catalog to view our full product range.