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Considerations before installing your first racking system

Considerations before installing your first racking system

2018-08-16T02:30:51+00:00 pradmin

At Pallet Racking we have compiled a list of considerations to ask yourself before thinking about installing any racking system.

Available Space

This consideration mainly involves the shape, height and size of your warehouse. This also includes the positioning of your doors and windows to help determine the best racking system for your business and warehouse. With this information, we are better able to plan and formulate a functional pallet racking system that enhances the flow and efficiency of moving products in and out of the warehouse.

Product Movement

Pallet racking warehouse systems have two main movements of a product: First in, First Out (FIFO) or Last in, First Out (LIFO).

Businesses dealing with perishable goods might use a FIFO racking system. This means products such as drugs, beverages, frozen foods and anything with an expiration date will be put first and taken out first to ensure freshness.

LIFO warehouse racking systems means the last goods to be stored are taken out first, meaning the older goods are stored deeper storage and the items stocked last would be taken out first. This racking system is more suited for products that are held in storage for long periods of time.

Product Features

Another consideration for choosing the right racking system is the characteristics of your product. These may include size, weight and product diversity. Having a good understanding of your product helps you better plan for the racking system and how it should be organised for product storage.

Budget

Lower prices aren’t always the best value. Investing into cheaper racking system may not be efficient, space and time saving. It is recommended to to have a specialist see the warehouse, understand your needs and give you the best racking system. If you’d like to save costs for racking, Pallet Racking offers second hand pallet racking systems to help lower the costs of purchasing a racking system. However, other than that, it is best not to buy the cheapest racking system for the sake of saving money. It might be costlier in the long run compared to future proofing your systems.

Challenges

Every warehouse is different, thus, knowing your warehouse well and the kind of restraints or challenges it might pose when installing a pallet racking system. Some things to think about might be… does your current warehouse have poor lighting? The quality of the floor – is it bumpy or smooth? Or maybe the warehouse door is sometimes stuck or there is a large tripping hazard in some obscure place in the warehouse?

Investing into a pallet racking system might seem intimidating at first, however, good organisation and planning can ensure that we can install a racking system that suits your business needs will immediately bare results.

If you’re serious about organising your warehouse or business, talk to a racking specialist today 1300 601 026.