When implemented with thorough consideration, warehouse racking has the potential to make your warehouse the most efficient it can be. Select new racking unsystematically, though, and you could create more problems than you had to begin with. Deliberate over these questions to ask when choosing warehouse racking in order to attain an optimal level of operation.

What Products Do You Store?

Begin by reflecting on the type of products you place in your warehouse. Do you have inventory that you must store for extended periods of time before bringing it back out again? If so, you may choose racking that works well for a “last in, last out” approach. Pallet racks with push-back mechanisms move remaining pallets forward whenever the pallet at the front is removed and can house long-term storage items effectively. Conversely, if your warehouse holds perishable food, you may prefer a flow racking system that allows the most immediate access to pallets that you store first.

Do You Prioritize Density or Accessibility?

The next question to ask when choosing warehouse racking is whether you prioritize density or accessibility. When you must place a large volume of products within your space and want to avoid paying the costs for expansion or moving, look for racking systems that will allow you to directly utilize most of the warehouse space for inventory. However, if the goods you hold there are varied, you may need to pick specific items at any given time. Closely packing inventory may not be advantageous in this case. Rather, you may need to leave plenty of space for aisles so that individual item types are accessible.

What Material Handling Equipment Do You Use?

Besides the racking itself, you should also think about the material handling equipment you currently use and whether you are willing to change it to suit a new racking system. You might have regular forklifts which you don’t want to replace, so your racks should not exceed the height limitations of what those forklifts can reach. Alternatively, you may want the ability to place and remove singular boxes, instead of being limited to moving entire pallets. To do this, you should make sure your racks are organized and conducive to order pickers and the workers that will use them.

To obtain expert help in warehouse racking installation, call CMI. We’ll help you navigate through the complicated undertaking of outfitting your warehouse while adhering to all relevant codes and getting the work done in a timely fashion.