Pushback Racking

What is Pushback Racking?

Pushback Racking is a high-density storage system that increases warehouse storage capacity. Pushback rack systems achieve this through a last in, first out (LIFO) pallet retrieval system. Pallets are stored on cart system with rollers and “pushed back” into the rack structure allowing maximum storage density.

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How does Pushback Racking Work?

Pushback racking systems consist of inclined rails and a series of nested carts that slide up and down on the rails. The forklift will set a pallet down on the top cart, grab another pallet and “pushback” the first pallet with the second pallet on the forks. As the 1st pallet rolls back into the push back rack system, the 2nd cart will become exposed and the forklift will set the pallet down on the cart.

To unload the storage system, the forklift operator will pick up the pallet in the first position and slowly reverse. As the forklift reverses, all other pallets in the same storage lane will come rolling down to the front of the system. Continue this process until the lane is empty.

For example, a 5-deep pushback rack system will have 4 nested carts and the last pallet will sit on top of the inclined rails.

Pushback Rack System Benefits

  • Can be made up to six pallets deep.
  • Provides access to each pallet lane. This means you do not have to empty lanes below to get to pallets above.
  • The forklift stays on the exterior of a push back system meaning there can be less forklift damage.
  • Can be operated in a FIFO type way with the correct loading and unloading.
  • Greatly increases warehouse storage capacity over a traditional racking system by decreasing necessary aisle spacing.

Pushback Racking Drawbacks

Push back pallet racking does not offer direct access to every pallet position in the rack system as a selective racking system does. The trade-off is higher storage density for less selectivity of pallets.

Push back racks have a higher cost per pallet positions than a drive in racking system but still more affordable than other racking systems.

Who Does Pushback Racking Work For?

Food distribution


Third-Party Logistics


Freezers + coolers and anyone else who is trying to increase storage capacity

Companies with more than 4 of the same stock keeping unit loads

Things to Consider When Designing Your Pushback Storage System

When you are designing your pushback pallet racking there are several things that you need to consider.

  1. What size pallets you are loading and unloading in the pallet racking. Are they all the same size? If some are smaller than others they can fall through the cart system and cart modifications may have to be made.
  2. How much vertical space do you have in your warehouse?
  3. Do I have at least 4 or more pallets of the same SKU?
  4. Does a LIFO pushback racking system work for my inventory management?



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