Pallet Racking – At The Heart Of Effective Storage
In today’s aggressive and volatile economy, logistics plays a vital role in business survival. Supply chain logistics has become a focus of attention, especially the drive for greener production and transport. Sustainable approaches to production, technological advances and low emission vehicles are just some of the trends which are helping to transform the nature of manufacturing and distribution. However, whilst some areas of the logistics chain are receiving more than their fair share of attention, others are easily overlooked. A key link in the chain is warehousing and storage. When you consider that the warehouse essentially forms the link between production and supply, it is an area well worthy of attention.
There was a time when a warehouse was considered little more than a storeroom, and it was commonplace to simply place pallets on the ground, stacking goods on top of other goods if space became limited. There were several issues with this approach, all of which can be addressed with careful use of pallet racking.
One of the key problems with the old-fashioned approach of placing pallets on the floor was that of space. Unless loads were regular in terms of shape, size and weight, stacking pallets was never really an option. Consequently, as the economy developed and production output increased, floor space could be filled in an incredibly short amount of time. Large companies required huge amounts of floor space as their inventory expanded. However, the growing economy also pushed up the price of land – a trend that has yet to reverse. For a business today, floor space is a premium and, just like in housing, it has become necessary to expand upwards rather than outwards. Pallet racking allows your warehouse to do just this, fully utilising the capacity of a building and maximising the amount of product you can store under one roof.
Hand in hand with the issue of space was that of access. With stock occupying huge amounts of floor space, accessibility became an issue. Even when stock had been located, getting it loaded could be a time-consuming business and the frequent need to move other stock first made it extremely inefficient. With various access options available such as drive-in, where bays have access at one end, or drive-thru, where both ends of the bay are accessible, pallet racks can be tailored to suit the needs of the company and ensure the right goods are always accessible at the right time.
Even if pallets are loaded perfectly, freestanding stacks of pallets have huge potential for danger and present a risk to both personnel and inventory. From the introduction of the first laws on health and safety in the early 19th century through to today’s comprehensive regulations, the safety of employees has long been a priority in the warehouse. With pallet racking systems, safe storage of even the heaviest loads is achievable, minimising the chance of toppling pallets causing injury to employees and damage to stock.
As the demand for quicker order turnaround and faster distribution has grown, so too has the need to quickly locate inventory. In a traditional warehouse, locating the relevant items could be no mean feat. All that was transformed with the introduction of pallet racking, which meant that even in the vastest of warehouses, all stock could be located and accounted for at a glance.
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