Factors to consider when selecting a racking system

Factors to consider when selecting a racking system

Times have really changed, and if your warehouse doesn’t use a modern racking system, then you are losing a lot in as far as business is concerned. Warehouses that use a racking system to store goods for their client enjoy so much space and convenience. Moreover, it also gives room for developing special storage conditions for perishable goods.

The increase in demand for warehouse racking systems has seen many producers in the market, which means you have to be extra cautious when shopping for one. For instance, some of the factors that you may need to consider when selecting a racking system include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Storage density

Your Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) needs to have a definite weight, quantity, and size to fit a particular racking system. When your business demands the storage of bulky goods that may need forklifts, you may consider the option of push-backs or drive-in racking system.

  • Forklift access

If you are handling weighty goods that can’t be lifted by human labor, then you may need the services of a forklift. Moreover, a forklift can still work alongside human labor as it is still quicker and efficient. You also need to confirm with the manufacturer whether the racking structure will still work for longevity even after coming into constant contact with the forklift.

  • Manufacturer’s perspective

In as much as you may prefer a boltless rack Malaysia, you must also get what the manufacturer has to say about it in relation to your warehouse. Manufacturers have been in the industry for quite a while, and they know what will correctly work in a given situation. Moreover, they may even have an expansive option than what you may have thought of earlier on.

  • Aisle widths

The widths of the aisle will be determined by the requirements of your warehouse in terms of load requirement, truck fleet used by forklift, and they type of storage. Types of storage may range from long-term to temporary storage. In that case, you can always consult the manufacturer before making a choice on aisle widths.

  • Inventory control system

Lastly, you may also need to consider the kind of inventory control system that your warehouse will be using. For instance, you may need to consider whether you’ll be using “First-In, First-Out” FIFO or “Last-In, First-Out” LIFO for convenience. In that case, a LIFO inventory control system will attract a drive-in or push back rack system for easy use. On the other hand, a FIFO inventory system may work better with a deep lane storage unit like a flow rack.

Other than shopping for quality, it is imperative to always have functionality in mind, in the ways that we have demonstrated above. A functional warehouse means more space hence more business with lots of profits.

Nicholas Jansen