If one of your goals for the New Year is efficiency in your warehouse, your racking system can make all the difference. Evaluating racking systems means evaluating your space, your product, your existing equipment and your budget.
Space: consider the height of your building and the amount of floor space you have. If you can use vertical space, you should do so. Floor space can be maximized with the narrowest possible aisles. Minimum is five feet wide.
Pallet size: Determine the size of your storage pallets by evaluating your product line. If you have numerous SKUs, single pallet racks are most efficient, because they allow easy picking of product. However, these make it difficult to get the best use of your space because every pallet has to be accessible. A double-pallet rack will increase storage space, but requires special equipment or the ability to manually move a double-deep rack. If you have fewer SKUs but high inventory, you can get more in a space with the double pallet racks.
Logistics: For large inventory that stays intact from incoming to outgoing, push-back racks are the best choice. They allow the densest storage capacity and are the most efficient for inventory of the same product. If you are going to need the last pallet in the row, this system is not for you – every pallet will have to be moved to get to the last one, so know your logistics operation.
Budget: Depending on the equipment you already have, you’ll want to make sure you choose racks that either don’t require new equipment, or budget for buying the equipment that will make your job easier.