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Considerations For Choosing The Best Rack Storage System

Matthew Young

Storage is one of the most important factors when it comes to inventory management. An efficient warehouse needs an equally efficient way of storing and managing its inventory, which is where rack storage systems come in. The following offers a few considerations to make before choosing the right rack storage system that works for your material handling needs.

Material Type Matters

First and foremost consideration for selecting the type of rack storage system your company needs is the type of material being stored. After all, a pallet featuring several dozen cases of soda requires a different approach to rack storage than a pallet featuring several reams of paper.

There are plenty of other considerations to keep in mind as you go through your available rack storage choices:

  • The amount of storage density that's needed from your new rack storage system
  • Total load capacity of each pallet and the amount of forklift access required to reach each one
  • Whether your employees pick by the pallet or by the case or piece

Most importantly, you'll need to know whether your products move in a first-in/first-out (FIFO) or first-in/last-out (FILO) flow by your material handling equipment. This deceptively simple fact can have a tremendous bearing on the type of racks your company needs.

Consider Your Building's Footprint

Another factor to consider as you choose your preferred rack storage system is the overall footprint of the building itself. Not only is it important to know how much space your business needs for material storage, but also any limitations that would have a major impact on said storage. These include:

  • The building's overall square footage and building layout, including column layout and dock door placement
  • The presence of semi-permanent and permanent obstructions, such as lighting, fire suppression, HVAC, etc.
  • The amount of usable vertical space below the building's ceiling or roof

Weighing Your Options

Choosing the best rack storage system available is always a tough task, especially as your company's needs evolve over time. The key involves selecting and designing a rack storage system that offers the most amount of versatility and flexibility over the long run, providing maximum savings and productivity at minimal cost.

The following outlines the most common types of rack systems currently available on the market:

  • Single-Deep Rack – The most common type of rack storage system used in warehouses. Although it's only capable of storing one pallet deep, it offers other flexible aisle configuration options and can be used with almost any lift truck.
  • Double-Deep Rack – Twice as deep as a single-deep rack, but at the expense of some of the flexibility a single-deep rack offers.
  • Drive-In Rack – A drive-in rack allows lift truck drivers to enter the storage bay, set the pallets on the provided rails that run along the bay and back out. This system is ideal for slow-moving products that can be stored on a first-in/last-out (FILO) basis.
  • Drive-Through Rack – Similar to the drive-in rack, a drive-through rack is designed to allow lift trucks to enter from both ends of the storage bay.
  • Gravity Flow Rack – With this system, pallets are loaded from the rear and travel down towards the front of the rack via roller conveyor or skate wheels. Capable of holding as many as several dozen pallets in a single lane, this system allows for excellent FIFO storage and handling. However, it's also the most expensive option for rack storage.
  • Push-Back Rack – This system uses a series of nested carts that allow for dense storage. Ideal for inventory storage that allows for FILO movement. Can be a costly option depending on pallet depth and other options.

In addition to careful planning and foresight, knowing all of your available options can come in handy when choosing the best rack storage system for your business's current and future needs.