Join Racked Out’s Fight Against Cancer!

Jenna has already been able to raise $1500.00 for the Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer!

On September 28th, 2019 at Woodbine Racetrack (555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, ON) Jenna attended the Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer! Imagine – 4 exciting games and over 150 teams, bringing out the best part of humanity for a cause that is so close to so many. Over seventeen hundred participants, supported by friends and family, with every player united by one common goal – to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!

This dawn-to-dusk fundraising event features hundreds of spirited road hockey games, as well as musical acts, celebrity appearances, interactive activities, food and beverages, and so much more! If you enjoy a challenge, being part of a team and donating your time and effort to an amazing cause, this is the event for you.

Moving Warehouses? Carefully Consider Your Options

People usually ask friends to help move a couch, or load a truck with some boxes, but what if you need to relocate your warehouse? Consider your friends at Racked Out Inc.!

As exciting as moving into a new warehouse might sound, the least exciting part is moving out of your existing one. Everyone’s situation is different, but the results should be the same: pack, move, carry on.

We like to break down warehouse moves in a few steps:

  • Tear down
  • Shipping and Receiving
  • Re-building
  • PSR

Once the racks are clear of product, our team comes in to tear down the storage system. In our experience, proper material handling will go a long way to make the transition easier. Luckily, racking materials are quite symmetrical, making storage and handling easier if done correctly.

At this point, frames and beams can be evaluated for damage. Counterbalance forks are racking’s worst enemy, denting and bending the metal beyond repair. If frame damage is a common occurrence in your warehouse, check out our rack guards and protection.

When relocating, the amount of racking typically increases. In this case we could install new racking before you start the move. Installing the additional rack first enables you to move directly onto the new racking while we tear down your existing warehouse.

Relocating racks within the same warehouse can also help increase storage efficiency. As depicted below, the Very Narrow Aisles warehouse layout is a powerful trend to maximize space in your warehouse.

By investing in narrow aisle lift trucks, your warehouse can gain 55% more usable space than counter balance, and 30% more than Reach Truck. There isn’t any special racking needed; your current rack could be rearranged for VNA.

If your warehouse relocation project includes the tear-down of current racking systems, contact Racked Out Inc. to learn how our advanced systems can help save you time and money.

Widespan Industrial Shelving: From Beginning to End

The Racked Out warehouse needed to reorganize their hardware storage area. This gave us an opportunity to showcase our process for designing a turnkey solution.

  1. Once we know the area we have to work with, we sketch up a general idea of the most effective way to use the space. Typically, with warehouse solutions, we review the floor plan and take into consideration every inch to make sure that your racks are not only effective, but also efficient.

  1. With a rough floor plan complete, we take that design into our CAD software, to render an image to give us a glimpse into the future. We like to plot a course with all of the speed bumps mapped out. Measure twice, cut once!

  1. We wait for approval from our client’s decision makers and Engineers, in case we need to make changes. Once approved, logistically speaking, we order all of the racking components needed for the project, ship all materials to arrive at your location, and bring in our skilled crew. With the right equipment, training and tools, we’re able to outfit your warehouse quickly and safely.

  1. Congratulations! You’ve completely ‘turned the key’. From floor space, to vertical storage, we take ideas and bring them to life. Even though the size of this project was relatively small, it helps to demonstrate the process we go through to plan and execute your warehouse solution.

Contact us and let us help you design a custom warehouse storage solution to suit your needs.

The case for industrial shelving

Industrial and commercial shelving make up a very large segment of the material handling and product storage industry. However, warehouse managers don’t realize how functional steel shelving systems can be. These storage shelves

systems come in many configurations and are used in numerous applications. Metalware Corporation, located in Montreal, QC, offer an extensive line of steel shelving products including,

Wide-Span Industrial Shelving

Wide-span shelving can be found in most warehouse storage facilities. These are used for hand loaded and are generally medium to heavy loads. They are ideal for bulk storage of smaller products such as parts, records and product tote bins. Often it is at aisle level and a person picking application storage system. This type of industrial shelving system is usually manually loaded with non-palletized goods. It is used for case or piece picking.

Wide-span industrial shelving is easy to assemble. It comes with many shelving options such as wired, laminated and particle board decking. You could also use plywood decking.

Mezzanines (Catwalk Mezzanines)

Also known as “catwalk mezzanines”, this type of system is designed to expand your requirements for additional shelving storage by building up and maximizing the use of existing floor space. The shelving system is made up of floor channels and cross aisle channels and typically wood flooring.

Catwalk Mezzanine

Pallet Rack Protection & Rack Guards

I’ve been in thousands of warehouse storage facilities, and the one thing that stands out is the lack of pallet rack protection. I’m not quite sure why or how a storage facility can go without this vital component of the overall warehouse operation. Wherever there are humans and forklifts, well you fill in the blank. Perhaps its oversight, maybe it’s budgetary constraints, but one thing is for sure; damage will be done to your pallet rack investment. I strongly recommend that your pallet racking and people have the safest environment to in. Yes, your pallet racking system is working for you, so protect it.

Cogan is a well established manufacturer warehouse storage products, and more importantly, Pallet Rack Protection products. The Cogan line of pallet rack protection products includes;

  • Rack Aisle Protectors
  • Rack Post Protectors
  • Wire Mesh Rack Guards
  • Floor Angle Guide

Cogan pallet rack protection products are manufactured of all-steel construction. They are easily installed and provide 24/7 protection to your valuable investments.

Rack aisle protectors shield vulnerable rack aisle ends from everyday warehouse traffic and forklift abuse. They come in two profiles; Wrap Around Rack Pal and Tapered Rack Pal.

Rack Aisle Protector

Rack Post Protectors are an easy to install and cost effective method to protect vulnerable racking uprights. I remind that it only takes a single damaged rack post to compromise the entire structural integrity of the pallet rack system.

Rack Post Protectors

Wire mesh rack guards provide a rugged barrier between stored product on pallet racking and employees in the picking aisles below. These rigid and durable rack guards bolt directly to the pallet uprights.

Wire Mesh Rack Guards

Floor angle guides are a strong and versatile protection that keeps traffic away from critical pallet rack supports. The guides are a continuous protection barrier. They are low to the floor and very easy to install. The are especially effective around very narrow aisle racking (VNA) structures where VNAforklifts come very close to the structures on either side.

rack protection - floor angle guides
Floor Angle Guides

Warehouse Storage 101 – Basics

When a person steps into a warehouse storage facility, their first impression may be “here’s a room full of racking and other storage products; not much else to it.” This is a common misconception among the uninitiated; the warehouse storage facility is complex living entity. There are so many dynamic interactions including shipping and receiving, packaging, inventory controls and the behemoth known as eCommerce. Warehouse storage and its associated products and systems is an ecosystem unto itself. But with all these interacting and moving parts there are still some foundational products that comprise the system.

Regardless of what your warehouse stores and handles, there are a few specific products that all distribution warehouses require. These products and equipment are crucial to the effectiveness of any distribution center or warehouse. Big or small, your facility will require a this equipment or some combination and configuration of material handling products.

The Right Storage Solution: Having the right inventory storage systems is crucial. Palletized cartons, large items or bulk goods are better stored by pallet racks and associated storage products. Smaller items, such as individual cartons are best stored on more suitable products such as industrial shelving and other steel shelving products such as Metalware Wide Span Shelving. There are many storage options to select, and it may take some planning and consulting to assess the best solutions to meet your requirements, but the time and research will prove invaluable in the long run.

Pallet Racking: Pallet racking generally come in two types; roll form and structural. Structural pallet racking upright tend to offer more strength and more durable than roll-form, but generally come with a higher price. Warehouse storage pallet racking has many variations including:

If you needed to get goods from one area to another quickly you would utilize a Pallet Flow system, whereby the pallet is discharged at one end and retrieved and the other, presumably close to the shipping area. These systems can be upward of 24 pallets deep and satisfy FIFO inventory requirements. Because the system is self contained there is reduced risk of injury and pallet or product damage. Configure the necessary amount of lanes wherever you experience the most physical inventory movement, as opposed to sales volume, and a problem solved.

Forklifts: Although this may seem quite obvious, it always surprises me when storage warehouses try to do without one. If you have any taller shelves, deal in heavier pallets of items or heavy individual items, or just need a way to move inventory more effectively, forklifts are a great way to move inventory far more quickly and safely than doing it by hand.

Warehouse Office: Having an in-plant office can help efficiency and effectiveness in nearly every aspect of the storage warehouse. When changes in your business create new demands for in-plant space utilization, modular offices and building products provide you with unlimited flexibility to respond quickly and cost-effectively to your needs. These offices act as meeting rooms, logistic centers and offer a quiet zone.

I understand you cannot build a reasonable solution with these few items, but it’s a start. Your best bet is to consult a Storage and Material Handling Integrator for the solution that best fits your needs and requirements

Cogan Guardrails

Cogan has been in the Storage and Material Handling business for over 100 years. They specialize in  manufacturing guardrails, Mezzanines and Cantilever Racking, but also have carved a niche in the guardrail, safety rail and post protection business. They offer three main lines of rack and people protection:

This article will concentrate on Cogan guardrails and how important they are to protect your assets.

Cogan guardrail safety barriers are ideal protection for valuable machinery, rack-aisle ends, back-of-racking, inventory areas and loading docks. Additionally the protect mezzanines, heating and cooling equipment, electrical panels, and computer control centers. Cogan guardrails direct traffic in your warehouse and increase safety, efficiency and productivity.

Cogan heavy-duty guardrail barriers are available in a variety of lengths with single and double-rail options. Custom lengths are also available. The guardrails are manufactured from the highest quality materials, are strong, adaptable and – when properly installed – engineered to withstand a 10,000-lb impact at 4 mph.

Cogan guardrails provide maximum visibility due to their bright colours and can also be used to separate various areas within the warehouse and therefore enhancing productivity.

Install a Cogan guardrail system and stop accidents immediately. Simple to assemble, Cogan guardrail solutions reduce costly installation charges and interruptions.


Racked Out installed guardrails are necessary for a safer, more efficient, and more effective warehouse storage facility. For more details, visit our website or give us a call at 647-478-0622 and speak to Jenna about our Cogan Guardrails.



ALB Lockers are Here

Racked Out now carries ALB standard and specialty lockers and storage cabinets. Standard lockers include the A Series Locker, C Locker, E Delta Locker, P Lockers, D Dura Locker and Gear Lockers. These ALB A Series lockers offer a functional design that meet most applications. They are perfect for company changing rooms. No moving parts, double panel door and stainless handle with sound deadening retention.

A Series Locker – ALB “A” Series lockers are IN STOCK and come assembled. These lockers are extremely durable and come with a wide recessed handle for padlock. These, Made in Canada, locker come in a light grey colour.

AL A Series lockers


Features include:

  • No moving parts
  • double panel door
  • stainless steel handle
  • sound deading retention
  • come assembled

C Lockers – offer a functional design to meet most applications, perfect for company changing rooms. No moving parts, double panel door and polypropylene handle with sound deadening retention. Read more here.

alb c series locker

Features include:

  • Polypropylene handle with door retention and number plate option<
  • 14ga. 5 knuckle hinges with non removable pin
  • Steel coat hooks welded and painted same colour as the locker
  • Welded body stronger than RTA construction
  • 11ga. hasp welded to frame, formed at an angle for padlock
  • Galvanized bottom and crosspiece

E Delta Lockers – When a regular locker just won’t do, this robust and contemporary locker is perfect for the job. Double panel door, ventilated at the top and bottom. Full width top and bottom door strike with polyethylene door  bumpers riveted into place. Comes with stainless steel pocket with door retention. The Delta locker is often the solution for schools or other applications that require premium options.


Features Include:

  • Stainless steel handle with door retention and number plate option
  • Ventilated top and bottom of door
  • Options include piano hinges, coat rods, extra shelves, combination locks, key locks, other door perforations, ventilated sides and backs

D Dura Locker – For heavy duty applications you need a strong and durable locker. Designers will appreciate the attractive full length 18 gauge handle, top and bottom door stop with magnet and an 11 gauge padlock has welded to the frame. Truly a Durable locker for years of heavy duty use.

a l b school lockers

Features Include:

  • 14ga. 5 knuckle hinges with non removable pin
  • Steel coat hooks welded and painted same colour as the locker
  • Aluminum strike plate
  • Ventilated top and bottom of door
  • Sloped galvanized bottom and bottom frame, with perforations for drainage
  • Options include piano hinges, coat rods, extra shelves, combination locks, all galvanized steel

Gear Lockers – Our new line-up of open or closed front gear lockers is a collection of specialty lockers engineered for police stations, firehouses, military bases and athletic team organizations who demand high performance gear storage solutions. These all-welded lockers are designed to accommodate the storage of a wide variety of gear and apparel while allowing maximum ventilation.

gear lockers

Racked Out is full service material handling and storage integrator located in Mississauga, ON Canada.

(647) 478-0622