Pallet Racks – The Cost Effective Way to Maximise Business Storage Space


Most businesses require some form of storage or stocking system, even if they don't run a fully blown warehouse. Regardless of the size of the operation in question, increasing the efficiency with which space can be used for storage is highly desirable, however. Ineffectively used space means that it cannot be put to another purpose, after all. Before thinking about increasing business premises or rental costs by up-sizing, it is a much better idea to maximise the business storage space that is available from the area you already occupy. There are a number of ways of doing this, but one of the best methods is to utilise pallet racks by Warehouse Storage Solutions Limited. Not only do they help to rationalise a storage facility in a cost effective way, but they are easy to maintain so on-costs are kept to a minimum.

Pallet Racks – The Cost Effective Way to Maximise Business Storage Space

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Most deliveries over a certain size are most efficiently made on a pallet rack these days. Unless a box is sufficiently small that it can be hand delivered by a single operative, a pallet rack is the industry standard method of getting goods from A to B. A pallet rack is, therefore, one of the principle ways that goods in departments receive their deliveries. Unloaded from vans or low loaders, pallet racks can be manipulated simply enough using a fork trolley, so you don't need a fork lift truck or a trained driver to move them about. A racking system that is designed for pallets means that your goods-in department can seamlessly integrate with your storage functions. Items can come in, have their paperwork processed and immediately be transferred into stock. This is often much quicker than unloading items from a pallet, only to store them in another format. Essentially, pallet racks improve the speed at which deliveries go into stock ready for resale or use on a production line.

High Density Storage

One of the key advantages of a pallet racking system is that pallets can be stowed one on top of the next. So as long as there is a means of reaching the top, pallet racking can extend all the way up to the ceiling of your stock room or warehouse. This means that items are not spread out all over the floor, a highly ineffective use of space, or dangerously balanced on top of each other. A racking system should allow you to store one pallet on top of the next, but with each pallet being supported by struts individually. What's more, the aisle space that is required between rows of pallet racking need not be large. Very narrow aisles are often used by businesses which require the optimal use of all their storage space and these are quite practical so long as palletised items fit into the confines of the racking system chosen.

Long Term Storage

Where regular picking is a feature of a storage facility, keeping access to individual pallets is essential. This is often achieved by placing pallet racks back to back with one another and with aisle access being maintained on either side. However, where storage is required on a longer term basis, doing away with aisled access can be perfectly rational. Storing items over long periods of times in racks that are designed to accommodate anything up to six pallets next to one another means that even more storage capacity can be squeezed into the available space. Access to a pallet held at the back of such as system is not required frequently, a rack of this sort of size creates the lowest cost per pallet storage solution possible. Because pallets held in a rack like this, when accessed, are unloaded at the front, the system still means that inventory rotation standards are perfectly simple to maintain.

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