Drive-In Racking and Drive-Through Racking

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Drive-in rack is designed for last-in, first-out (LIFO ) inventory management. While drive-through rack is designed for first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management.

How They Work

Pallets are stored on support rails that are attached to uprights and are accessed by a lift truck. The lift truck drives into the system with the load elevated to the height of the rail and places it in the selected storage location. 

With drive-in racks, the lift truck loads and unloads by entering through the front of the system and then backing out, making it a LIFO option. 

But with drive-through racks, the lift truck is able to enter through both ends of the system for loading and unloading allowing for a FIFO storage option but requiring an additional aisle.

Drive-in and drive-through rack systems have a number of options to aid in safe, efficient storage and distribution of products. Uprights located in areas of high traffic can be recessed, referred to as cant-back style, to lessen the likelihood of forklift impact. Floor-mounted guide rail and rack-mounted rub rail can also be included for further protection.

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Benefits and Ideal Uses

Drive-in rack and drive-through rack eliminates the need for down-aisle picking aisles. This makes it a high density storage solution paired with low selectivity. Drive-in rack is a higher density option than drive-through rack, since it only requires one aisle. But, this single aisle also provides lower selectivity than the double aisle of drive-through rack. 

The low selectivity of these racking systems make them ideal for storing large quantities. Products such as homogeneous products, products with long life spans, and products that require large, one-time moves. 

Due to the high density these rack systems provide, they are very beneficial for cooler or freezer storage. Since coolers and freezers are expensive real estate, getting the most out of these areas for storage and efficiency is high priority. It is an excellent option for this. 

Drive-through rack can also be used to store perishable items that are rotated quickly

Your Next Steps

There are a number of rack providers out there. Whether your next step is to gather more information or request a quote, consider REB Storage Systems. REB is a highly experienced systems integrator, in business since 1962. REB has 17 in-house project managers and engineers, all highly experienced in the material handling industry. These people know this industry inside and out.

REB is highly knowledgeable and experienced in designing, engineering, and installing drive-in rack systems and drive-through rack systems and will make sure your system is the best fit for your space. We work with you to provide a turnkey system. From engineering, design, products procurement, subcontractor management, install, and permitting support, REB handles it all for you.

We’d appreciate the opportunity to help you further, whether that be more information or a quote. Fill in the contact form or call 773-232-2845 to get in touch with a REB representative.


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All Products Automotive, Inc.

“We have been a customer for over 15 years. REB offers a good selection of products at great prices. They are an excellent source of materials along with suggestions and information on a variety of storage issues."

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Harrington Industrial Plastics

“REB is by far my favorite vendor, the customer service and dedication to making sure every order is complete and on time. Fantastic communication, and an absolute pleasure to work with.”

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Epko Industries

“First time customer and REB provided excellent service and competitive pricing. Would use them again.”

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Cabernet Corporation

“Great customer service with an accurate storage system!”

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Pacific Storage Company

“We have used REB Storage Systems for a number of years and will continue to do so in the years to come. Their entire staff are wonderful to work with and provide a seamless installation from beginning to end. Their focus to detail and quality installation has been a valuable resource to our company.”

Tom Beckermann

Felling Trailers Inc.

“REB Storage Systems provides a high quality product with the best customer service in the industry, no matter the volume of products we buy.”


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