Warehouse Storage Solutions Explained

There are a number of warehouse storage solutions out there, and while a couple of these may ‘work’ for your operation, there’s likely one that is the most beneficial. Identifying and utilizing this ideal storage solution will ensure optimized density and selectivity, increasing efficiency and ultimately profits.

To get started, check out this infographic that details the various features of different types of warehouse storage solutions, including pallet rack and pick modules:

Pallet Rack Comparison ChartRacking Options in Further Detail              

Pallet racking can be categorized as either a first-in, first-out solution or a last-in, first-out solution.

First-in, first-out (FIFO) storage means items added first will be removed first, providing direct access to each product being stored. FIFO warehouse storage systems are ideal for perishable items or items with continuous circulation because it ensures they can be turned over effectively. FIFO rack systems include selective pallet rack, drive-through rack, carton flow rack, and pallet flow rack.

First-In,First-Out Warehouse Storage Solution

Last-in, first-out (LIFO) storage means the last items stored would be the first to be picked. This inventory management style is most often used for goods with a long shelf life or items held in large quantities. Double deep selective pallet rack, drive-in rack and push back rack are LIFO warehouse storage solutions.

Last-In,First-Out Warehouse Storage Solution

Our video, Comparing Pallet Racking Types, explains further the differences between each type of pallet rack. If you’d like to ask one of our experts, fill in the contact form on this page.

Often, more than one type of pallet racking is ideal for different processes within an overall operation. In this case, a pick module can be implemented. A pick module integrates various types of racking to optimize the flow of orders. For more information on pick modules, this video should be helpful.

Industrial Shelving Can Be a Viable Alternative

Not certain you need a heavy-duty solution such as racking?

Shelving is an ideal warehouse storage solution for small parts storage, like nuts and bolts, or backroom and picking applications. Shelving units are available in a multitude of sizes and load capacities. Shelving options offer an easy reconfiguration of storage spaces and can be outfitted with bins for a variety of applications.

Shelving Warehouse Storage Solutions

Rivet or boltless, shelving is easily assembled due to its teardrop and pin connectors and is extremely versatile. This storage option can accommodate small parts to larger, heavier items. Rivet shelving can be integrated into a multi-level storage solution, such as a mezzanine system.

Gravity flow is a first-in, first-out shelving solution. Gravity flow shelving features inclined shelves that allow products to glide from the back-loading area to the front picking area. This shelving option is ideal for retail, small parts storage or items with expiration dates.

A durable storage option for stockrooms and distribution centers is steel shelving. Steel shelving units can be designed with basic shelves or include bins, drawers or dividers. Multi-level steel shelving systems are typically designed with two or three levels and are an ideal way to maximize vertical storage space.

Wire shelving is ideal for the storage of items that require more air circulation, such as food and electronics. With storage capacities of 600-800 lbs., wire shelving is suitable for heavy-duty applications and is available in chrome, stainless steel, and epoxy coated.

Looking for a warehouse storage solution that works for your industry?

At REB Storage Systems International, we carry industrial racking and shelving from a variety of manufacturers, giving us the flexibility to choose suppliers based on the demands of your project including pricing and lead time. This combined with our in-house engineering and project management expertise allows us to provide you with your specific warehouse storage solution. REB works with multiple industries to optimize their storage operations, and we would love the opportunity to help with yours.

To learn more or get help with a project, fill in the Request A Quote form or call (800) 252-5955. Whether your project is large or small, we have the expertise to ensure your next project is a success.

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