There’s a great need for warehouses and logistic centres in Australia because of the vast distance between major cities and towns. Businesses want to keep their promises of a fast delivery service, after all. Amazon, for example, is looking to open warehouses in Australia this year to fulfil the demands of its Amazon Web services in the country.
Every business owner should, therefore, think of how to make the most out of a warehouse space. This is where a pallet system, a common space-saving solution, comes in. Depending on a range of factors, such as floor space, ceiling height and mode of access, the kind of pallet system that is best for your warehouse can vary. Here are a few examples of the system.
The easiest method of pallet storage is floor stacking: you place the pallets on the floor in rows. This needs no investment in equipment with high storage density, but as a drawback, it makes for poor access to individual pallets. It also occupies a large amount of warehouse floor space.
Pallet Flow Racking
Pallet flow rack systems use upright and cross beams. This is to support a roller conveyor within the rack, which allows pallets to flow toward the front of the system. You don’t have to drive inside the racking system to retrieve products because of this, but it requires a bigger materials investment compared to the other storage systems.
Drive-In/Drive-Through Pallet Racking
These racking systems have pallets that rest on side rails instead of cross beams. It leaves an open bay that will allow fork trucks to drive directly into them. These systems are ideal for storing a lot of pallets of the same product. One drawback of the system, however, is that the fork trucks usually damage the racks when driving into them.
Pallet racking is a vital part of any warehouse. It maximises storage capacity and helps businesses fulfil their delivery service on time. Warehouse owners should, therefore, carefully consider which pallet storage system will be best for their types of products.