You need a material handling storage aid system designed to improve storage capacity. Pallet racks provide warehouses the ability to transform wasted vertical space into efficient storage. High-quality pallet rack systems can help grow storage capacity, improve storage efficiency, and create a more effective product layout.

Five PALLET RACK SYSTEMS to think about

Selective Pallet Racking

is the most versatile and widely used of the five systems. Not only does it make use of vertical space, but it also provides rapid access to every pallet within the system. Modern brands utilize boltless, hardware-free design making selective racking easily assembled or rearranged. While selective racking only provides low-density storage, it is easily the most cost and time-effective; for forklift operators, loading and unloading pallets is essentially effortless. 

Push-Back Pallet Racking

while not as versatile as selective racking, maximizes storage capacity by utilizing warehouse space. Businesses implement these systems because they expand pallet count without increasing handling time. This is possible due to the use of nested carts that allow up to five pallets to be stored per pallet position. 

Drive-In Racking

is different from other systems because it operates more like a lane with rails on each side. Forklift operators rest the pallets on the side rails, which are then pushed to the rear of the rack. Drive-in racking provides the highest density storage capacity, and is best utilized when storing multiples of the same item; in order to reach pallets stored in the rear, every pallet in front must be moved first.

Pallet Flow racking

is reminiscent of the push-back system in that they both physically push products; it is different from other systems in that you load racks from the back as opposed to the front. Built at an angle, pallet flow utilizes gravity to push products that are on a

first-in/first-out basis.

Cantilever Racking

is the most simple system, usually reserved for oversized or particularly oblong products such as timber. Instead of relying on shelving or railing, cantilever racking (similar to the function of a forklift) only provides a base for objects that protrude out on either side. Another perk of this system is its ability to either stand-alone or be attached to a wall for support.


There are generally 4 pallet rack components:


The vertical frames of the pallet racking system; these vary in height, depth, and design, depending on load requirements.


The horizontal bars that meet between the aforementioned uprights to create a section of pallet racking. Variations include step, box, and structural beams.

Wire Decking

For large pallet storage racks, pallet supports and wire decking provide additional support to the pallets being stored in the rack system. 

Row Spacers

Row spacers are required in order to maintain a constant horizontal distance between two rows of pallet racking. An assorted selection of shapes and sizes are available. 

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