What is Warehouse Pallet Racking?

So often when we think of an industry suck as furniture, automotive, clothing or even toys, we think about the inventors, the designers, the manufacturers and then of course the retail stores. What often fails to register with us is that for nearly every industry that creates a tangible product, there is a ‘middle man’ if you will, whose job it is to oversee the storage and shipping of said products. What many people don’t realise is that as a warehousing and packing solution, the middle man’s success is directly related to the success of the manufacturer and retailer, which is why pallet racking–while it may not seem like it directly relates to whatever industry you work for–is an important thing to learn about.

What Is Pallet Racking?

Designed to maximise warehouse space and allow for cost-effective storage solutions, pallet racking is a storage system that is build upwards, storing goods on pallets. In terms of quality, it is generally agreed that the denser storage solution a pallet racking system can provide, the better quality it is. Generally fork-lift trucks are another vital component of pallet racking as they are used in the retrieval and loading of heavy pallets. Depending on the agreement your company has with the supplier and warehouse, forklifts can be purchased, rented or leased on a financed agreement.


As with all large-scale warehousing solutions, OH&S must be a number one priority. Not only are there incredibly heavy items being lifted and stored, but the shelving itself must pass industry standards to prevent catastrophe. When you’re choosing a pallet racking system for your business needs, ensure you speak to the manufacture about OH&S guidelines, its adherence to them, and the extra structural support they offer for heavyweight items such as glass. The way in which pallet racking is constructed, as well as the materials used and the guarantee the manufacturer is willing to provide should give you a clear indication of whether or not it is the right system for you.

Types Of Pallet Racking

The most common type of pallet racking shelving systems available today are selective pallet racking systems. These come in two different forms, either roll-formed., clip in configuration, or structural bolt-together configuration. The difference is that roll-formed systems clip in relatively easily, making them a better choice for businesses with varying product sizes and storage needs. The structural bolt-together pallet racking systems are, while less flexible, far more able to cope with heavy loads, and would always be a good choice for heavy-duty weight-bearing needs.

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