Do you own a warehouse? Are you looking for the best racking system that suits your needs? This blog discusses selective pallet racking, which is the most common type of pallet racking. What makes it so popular? It is more efficient and cost-effective than the alternatives. We’ll go over its other benefits further down. But first, we’ll go over the fundamentals.
What exactly is selective pallet racking? The term “selective” pallet racking refers to the ability to access pallets without moving others. Heavy pallets are stored vertically at a depth of one pallet in this type of warehouse racking.
A basic selective pallet racking configuration includes upright frames that run from the ceiling to the floor of the racking system and have holes to adjust the shelf levels, as well as cross beams that connect into the upright frames to form a shelf. Selective racking is either single-sided for front-only access or back-to-back for access from both sides. In most cases, they can be accessed independently, as opposed to double deep, which has a similar setup but can only be accessed from the front. Below are seven selective pallet-racking advantages:
#1 Simple Access
If you could only convey one major benefit of selective racking, it would be accessibility. One pallet density eliminates the need for warehouse employees to move pallets to access others. This is critical for businesses that store various items, have a high turnover, and require easy retrieval.
#2 Warehouse Optimisation
Every warehouse manager’s worst nightmare? We’re running out of room. So a priority is to maximise storage space. We should know; we’ve assisted our customers with storage issues for over 20 years! By storing units vertically, selective racking saves a significant amount of space.
#3 Access to Forklifts and Machinery
Vertical storage systems provide wide aisles, allowing forklifts and other machinery easy access to the storage and plenty of room to manoeuvre. As a result, you will not have to spend money on specialised forklifts or customising storage to fit machinery.
#4 Low Initial Investment
Because the parts are less expensive than other storage solutions and the installation is relatively simple, selective pallet racking is a cost-effective option for low-density storage. This racking system, however, may not be suitable for high-density storage.
#5 Ease of Adjustment
Many industries benefit from distribution versatility due to the constant evolution of inventory management requirements. The ability to change SKU types and slotting layout allows a warehouse or distribution centre to respond to market demand in real-time, reducing inventory turnover. This adaptability supports the growing demand for same-day delivery and e-commerce.
#6 Easily Adjustable to Any Load Size
Distribution requirements, SKU types, and slotting requirements change frequently, and selective structural pallet racking allows you to adapt to market changes and product demand. In addition, as the market grows and more pallet racking is required, the ease of adjustability, complete selectivity, and direct access to a diverse SKU count allow for easy scalability.
#7 Each Pallet has Complete Selectivity and Direct Access
Selective racking employs First-In-First-Out (FIFO) inventory management, allowing immediate access to pallet positions, immediate inventory retrieval, and slotting flexibility. As a result, forklifts have direct access to many SKUs and the ability to adapt to changing market demands and inventory management requirements. Furthermore, full selectivity enables the distribution centre (DC) to respond to changes in consumer demand without jeopardising inventory SKU arrangements inherent in other racking configurations.
We hope these selective pallet-racking advantages are helpful! If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us!