At Warehouse Rack & Shelf, LLC, we like to classify our warehouse storage products into two main categories: storage racks and storage containers.
Storage racks, such as pallet racks or stacking racks, are ideal for making the most of unused vertical space because you can stack high without the damage that comes from bulk stacking. Racks are ideal if you need to store large amounts of the same product in one place or if you store seasonal products.
Storage containers are great because you can not only store but also transport products. This type of storage works well for heavy-duty products, such as automotive parts. Storage containers are stackable, which makes them space savers. They’re also easy to store when they aren’t in use — saving you even more space! Choose from steel, plastic or wire containers.
Storage containers collapse down and are easy to store! They are ideal for storing and transporting product and component parts.
Both storage racks and storage containers have their respective advantages. Both certainly allow you to maximize your warehouse space. When determining which is right for you, you need to consider several things. Thinking through these questions will help you determine what you need from storage.
Pallet racks are a dense and affordable means of storing product. They offer the greatest selectivity.
What is your warehouse layout?
Thinking about the layout of warehouse will help you identify the areas you use the most. You want the spaces you use most frequently to be easy to access and well organized. You can transform underused parts of your warehouse with storage racks or storage containers.
For example, if you have an assembly space, bulk containers can make a big difference in keeping the production line organized. Or maybe your whole floor might be covered with inventory. A storage rack could free up some floor space if you stack and use vertical air space. Keeping your space organized can lead to increased productivity and even increased space.
What storage do you currently have?
Evaluating your current storage systems will help you determine what you need to maximize your efficiency. Does your current storage system slow down moving inventory? Meet stack racks. Their two-way entry feature cuts handling time. Or have your products been damaged because they weren’t stored properly? The durability of corrugated steel containers will change that.
The right kind of storage can help you move inventory faster and minimize damage to your products.
Stack racks are a great way to maximize vertical storage space. They are more flexible than fixed pallet rack.
What are you storing?
The type of material you’re storing will help determine what kind of storage you need. For example, if you’re storing heavy-duty parts, bulk containers are ideal because you’ll likely be accessing and moving these containers frequently. If you distribute products with a high turnover rate, you’ll want to consider a pallet racking system like the pushback rack that makes it easy to move inventory quickly.
What is your budget?
Finally, you’ll want to think about your budget. If your budget allows you to purchase new storage regularly, then you can go with the lower cost options. Do keep in mind that lower cost products will need to be replaced more often.
Consider the more expensive end if you’re looking to for something that’s going to last a long time. Think of storage as an investment for your warehouse. You can save money in the long run by going with the higher quality, higher priced item.
We like to say we have a rack for every need, so we’ll work with you to find something that fits your needs and your budget. We just celebrated 30 years in business, and we’d be happy to use our years of experience to help you find the right storage solution. Check out our new website at www.warehouserack.wpengine.com or talk with one of our experts at 1-800-763-9020.
Warehouse Rack & Shelf, LLC has been providing new and used warehouse racking, shelving and equipment since 1983. They specialize in storage racks and storage containers.