Choosing the Right Warehouse Racking System

By: Trevor Cleves

For any owner of a warehousing racking or storage centre, they will need to ensure that they choose the right system. This will be a factor upon whether their business ultimately succeeds or fails. There are a number of factors that they will need to consider before choosing the right warehouse racking system. For instance, they will need to think about any potential changes in the future for extra space in the existing warehouse. Here we will look at the various factors which need to be taken into account when being presented with options for a warehouse racking system.

A business needs to look at the density of storage by analysing the volumes according to standards set by any relevant body. This will aid in identifying the different opportunities and methods of storage such as push-back racks, drive-in, pallet flow and double-deep. These can have a significant effect upon consumption of cubes within a warehouse unit.

They will need to know the warehouse racking choices available to them. If they are in need of specific pallets which are accessible to be used at any given time, they should consider deep-lane storage. If there is insufficient space, they may need the pallets to be covered.

When looking at a deep-lane option, they will need to identify and understand their requirements well. Whether their business is based on a First In, First Out or Last In, First Out model will have a bearing upon the type of warehouse racking system their business needs. Ensure that their options are evaluated correctly as the buried pallets can add considerably to the expense of their handling costs for materials.

They will also need to assess carefully the type of picking profiles a business has. It is a case of looking at the types of orders that a business receives, the kind that they need to deal with and the needs of pick zones. They can each have a considerable effect upon which racks are employed in their warehouse.

If they are running a specialised storage unit such as drive-on racks or double-dip, they will need to think about forklift access. They will need to ensure that the warehouse racking system is designed exactly to warehouse requirements. They will also need to take special measures to reduce any kind of damage to the racks and products in order to maintain a safe working environment.

When looking at a location, they will need to firstly consider any regional obligations. If the location falls under a high-risk area, for weather-related reasons, for example, they will need to ensure that a more rigorous engineering structure is implemented for the man-made structures, including the warehouse racking system.

They will likely need to take into account the lighting scheme of the warehouse. Some of the important things that need to be taken into account when looking at warehouse lighting include an improved working environment, improved accuracy and reduced damage to racks. These are important factors as the warehouse environment has a huge influence on the type and cost of rack selected.

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Trevor has many years’ experience within the industry, and now puts his knowledge of the warehouse racking system to use by writing for Spacelink. See more at

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