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A Guide to Warehouse Racking Systems

An effective warehouse racking system is essential to ensuring that the available storage space is used optimally. It has to combine ease of use with a suitable capacity in order to deliver cost-effectiveness to businesses of all types.

Warehouse Racking Systems

There are many industrial warehouse racking systems available, catering to different needs and industries. From the static storage and efficiency offered by narrow aisle pallet racking to the versatility and bulk storage convenience of pushback pallet racking, the choice available today is extensive.

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Standard Pallet Racking

There are lots of advantages associated with wide aisle pallet racking, aside from the simple way in which stored goods can be accessed. This includes its innate durability, which comes from the sturdy materials used in the construction of the racks, as well as the straightforward way in which they are designed. If you are looking for warehouse pallet racking systems that will stand the test of time, this is definitely the type to consider first and foremost.

Narrow Aisle & Very Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking

In some instances, aisle widths can be reduced to as little as 1,400mm which makes these types of systems some of the most efficient in terms of space utilisation. Both systems are fundamentally based on the same racking systems as standard racking (see above) but may require the use of specialist mechanical handling equipment which comes at a cost.

Drive-In Pallet Racking

The principle of the design is simple; pallets are stored on rails mounted in racks which provide enough room for a lift truck to drive right in. This means that the first pallet put in position will be the last that you remove, with subsequent additions blocking it off and rendering it inaccessible (First In, Last Out - FILO). FILO systems are best suited to scenarios in which every SKU is from the same batch, or where there is no shelf life constraints.

Push Back Pallet Racking

The same underlying framework is used here, but instead of keeping pallets on static racks, they are stored in channels that feature built-in rollers. As each new pallet is added, it pushes back the front-most pallet on the channel it is set to occupy, boosting storage capacities by up to 75 per cent by operating on the FILO principle.

You can contact us to discuss any requirements you many have by either emailing our sales team (, or calling and speaking to one of our racking experts on 0330 223 6660.


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