Selective Pallet Racking

Selective pallet racking is a popular warehouse racking system designed to maximize your space while still providing easy access to individual pallets. It consists of upright frames, horizontal cross beams, and typically wire decking.

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Selective Pallet Racking Overview

Selective pallet racking is by far the most common rack system that is purchased today. It allows for the storage of many different size pallets and allows you flexibility in the future. You are not locked into a storage system that is designed for one pallet size and weight.

Pros of Selective Pallet Racking

Offers direct access to every pallet, is most forgiving for different pallet sizes (adaptability), Most affordable pallet rack per pallet position, Efficient use of vertical space Is readily available with short lead times, Easy to install and maintain, Can be made of roll-formed or structural steelGood resale value and easier to find used, first in first out storage system can be used to transition to double deep pallet racking in the future

Who Does Selective Pallet Racking Work Well For?

Selective pallet racking systems work well if you have a large inventory with many different-sized pallet loads. Selective pallet racking is typically adjustable up and down on 2″ centers allowing you to create the right size shelf for your pallets on each level.

Selective racking commonly goes up to 30′ tall and higher so if you have a tall warehouse, then utilize the vertical space and increase the number of pallets stored. You just have to make sure you have the right forklift to safely load and unload selective rack that tall.

Heavy Duty Selective Pallet Racking Systems

Selective pallet racks can be designed to carry staggering loads. Roll-formed rack can be made in thicker gauges of steel and with wider columns to achieve heavier load capacities. Where roll-formed racking falls short, you can always go with a structural steel pallet rack system that will hold extremely heavy loads. The structural steel also does well in high turnover environments where pallet rack is subject to damage.

Customizing Your Selective Pallet Rack Systems

When you are exploring the implementation of a selective pallet racking system here are some things you need to consider:

  1. Available space in your warehouse
  2. Ceiling height
  3. Lift height of your forklift
  4. Necessary Forklift aisle dimensions
  5. Obstructions (building columns, electrical panels, HVAC, etc.)
  6. Areas where you will need open floor space
  7. The flow of traffic inside the warehouse
  8. Size + weight + style of the pallets

Used Selective Pallet Rack

Used selective pallet rack systems are a great cost effective storage solution for your warehouse. Why buy new when you can get used at a nice discount? Just make sure that you are purchasing your used selective racking system from a reputable dealer. The used racking market is fraught with companies doing questionable fab work on racking and calling it “refurbished”.

Why You Might Not Choose a Selective Pallet Rack System

  1. If you have a large volume of limited SKUs: Your inventory only consists of a few SKUs and your need for selectivity decreases. In this case, you may want to look at a “high-density rack system” such as pushback, pallet flow, or drive-in, to help increase your storage density.
  2. You are racking a freezer or cooler: If you are doing cold storage you may want to look at a higher density racking system to more efficiently use the space. Typically the cost of the expensive real estate outweighs the cost of purchasing a higher-density system.
  3. If warehouse space is at a premium: If you are already out of space in your warehouse or you are moving into a warehouse where space is at a premium you may need to look at other racking systems. You can always look at doing a double deep pallet rack system or a very narrow aisle system. Both of these eliminate costly aisles and increase pallet storage.

Selective Pallet Rack Conclusion

Selective rack is a is the right pallet rack solution for most businesses. Selective rack is the most versatile, adaptable, and economical rack system that you can buy. Selective rack is also the most readily available racking system on the market.

When shopping for selective racks you will have the widest market to choose from as all rack manufacturers make a selective pallet racking system. It is seen in all types of businesses in all industries and can have great resale value on the backend if you ever need to sell it.


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