The Quick Facts about Drive In Pallet Racking Systems


Drive in pallet racking is perfect for storage of bulk products that don’t stack particularly well, or very high.
Racking systems come in a nearly endless array of styles and configurations. This allows for warehouses to be built with entirely custom systems, designed for their exact needs.

As any warehouse manager knows, the needs of a warehouse aren’t fixed. Clients’ needs will change, vendors and suppliers change and the products themselves are not guaranteed to be consistent.
As with every type of racking system, Drive-In pallet racking has its unique benefits and drawbacks, and it all comes back to the type of product you store, and what your warehousing needs are.

Compared to traditional single selective type racking setups, drive-in racking increases storage density. A greater use of available floor area is realized and stores more product with less structure that can save operational costs.

Interested in learning a bit more about the basics of Drive-In pallet racking? You’re in luck!

What is Drive In Pallet Racking? 


Drive-In racking has been designed as a series of tunnels bared with railing on either side, with product stored within each “tunnel”.

The main goal here is product density. Drive-In racking is, by nature, last-in-first-out, and is best for full skid movements.

How do Drive In Racks work? 

Drive-in racking is best for an operation where you are storing many pallets of the same product, and the pallets themselves are consistent in size and well built. The Lift truck enters the rack from one side of the racking tunnel in order to access pallets stored on a continuous rail two pallets deep or longer. The main benefit here is increased storage density and greater picking efficiency. However, one major drawback is that the size of the tunnel is limited by the size of ones’ warehouse facility.

What are the Pros of Drive In Pallet Racking? 

Drive-in pallet racking systems enable your warehouse to hold more products due to increased product density. This makes Drive-in racking a great solution for warehouses looking for fast rotation of stock with numerous pallets in the same SKU or those working in a Last-In First-Out stock rotation.

Drive-in pallet racking is well suited for seasonal, single-load or breakable items in storage.  Warehouses working in bulk storage will see increased efficiency and cost savings with this style of racking configuration.

What are the Cons of Drive In Pallet Racking? 

There are some drawbacks to drive-in pallet racking. There is a high risk of the forklifts hitting the structure itself, as the forklifts have to drive into the “tunnels”. Thankfully, this can be remedied by the addition of safety features like post protector, setback frames, guard rails, and pallet protection.

How does Racked Out Solve these problems? 

If you think your warehouse could benefit from Drive-In racking, you can connect with a racking company to help you with every step of the process. At Racked Out, we offer full turnkey solutions with our in-house trained installers skilled in every type of racking configuration.

When it comes to drive-in racking solutions, Racked Out can provide everything for your system from start to finish. We offer custom solutions that take into account products stored, stock rotation, gross floor area, safety and operational considerations.

We offer site inspection, evaluation, configuration consultation and design, installation, documentation and all processes and certifications required to get your system up and running. What’s more, Racked Out can also provide full safety solutions to reduce harm and risk to your drive in pallet racking system, your personnel, your equipment and your product.

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