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Warehouse Racking: How to Choose the Best Racking Systems for Your Warehouse

If you are revisiting the pallet racking system in your warehouse, or are starting from scratch and need to outfit your warehouse with brand new racking shelving, you will face numerous important questions with regards to the racking systems that are best suited to your needs.

But, where do you start, and how do you ensure that you’re looking at the right racking shelving for the job? After all, the warehouse racking system that you choose must be the safest for your environment as well as being the most efficient for your business.

Questions to Ask When Choosing Racking Systems

1. What type of items am I storing?

The type of items you are storing will go a long way to deciding the right type of shelving or racking for your warehouse. If you’re storing beams, textile rolls, or timber, for example, then cantilever racking is the best choice for your warehouse.

2. Will I be using pallets?

It goes without saying that if you’re using pallets you need pallet racking. However, if your warehouse is going to operate with high volumes and low SKUs, pallet mole racking is your best choice. Alternately, if you need ultimate access and speed of operations, selective pallet racking will work perfectly.

3. Which product flow system will I be using?

For FILO (First-In, Last-Out) storage, drive-in racking is the perfect solution. For FIFO (First-In, First-Out) product flow, on the other hand, drive-through racking is ideal. The type of racking you choose has a big impact on the product flow available to you, so it is important that you choose the racking best suited to your desired flow.

4. Do I use forklifts?

If your warehouse is going to make use of forklifts, consider ease of access. Specialised racking such as double-deep or drive-in, drive through racking limits forklift access.

5. What is my floor-space?

Abundant space can allow a system of total access, and the use of racking that allows for this. However, this is never the most efficient use of space. So, for smaller areas, the use of high density storage, like shuttle racking, is incredibly beneficial.

Different Racking Solutions for Different Environments

Each warehouse is unique in that it stores different products using different systems and has different productivity demands. Because of this, each warehouse has unique shelving and racking requirements.

Fortunately, Krost offers shelving and racking solutions for each and every warehouse and its unique requirements. So, for more information on the racking system that will best suit your warehouse and its needs, be sure to contact us today!

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