Storage in a food distribution center is rarely a “one size fits all” solution. It is highly dependent on several factors. A few things to determine before installing a new racking system include:
- Are you storing products with varying expiration dates?
- Do you store a mixture of products that need to be picked frequently and others that remain static for longer periods?
- Do you store full pallet loads only or do you store items of varying sizes?
- What type of picking equipment will be utilized in each area (Ex: Electric Forklift, Order Picker, Walkie Rider)?
Many food distributors store a combination of items that are picked frequently and also that remain static for longer periods of time. For this it is recommended to use a combination of selective pallet rack with carton flow, pushback, pallet flow, and/or drive-in storage.
Selective pallet rack offers complete selectivity, used for both fast moving pallets and static pallets. Carton flow and pallet flow offer “first-in, first-out” storage, making it ideal for items with expiration dates. Carton flow rack is particularly ideal for storing smaller items of various carton sizes, always providing your picker with a pick face without a need to reach into the rack. Depending on the design of the carton flow track, not all similar size cartons need to be stored on the same level. Ex. Full carton flow bed designs provide flexibility if you experience change in product or vendor. Pallet Flow works in a similar fashion in terms of providing the picker with a pick face item. Pallet Flow is a “first-in, first-out” system for pallets providing great density minimizing picking aisles. When designing pallet flow, local jurisdiction codes must be considered as some villages may require in-rack sprinkler systems after a certain amount of space is covered with product without a pick aisle.
When providing you with a storage system for your distribution center, REB Storage Systems International’s Sales People & Project Engineers take into account your inventory and storage/retrieval frequency then present you with details on the type(s) of racking with a professional layout that works best for your food distribution storage center. We often incorporate more than one type of racking in order to give you the full potential of your distribution center.
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