Pallet flow versus push-back pallet rack

There are a lot of people asking questions about the differences between pallet flow and push-back pallet racks and which system works best for them. The answer is that although they are somewhat similar concepts, it is up to your individual situation. In this post, I will compare and contrast pallet flow and push back racking to help figure out which one works best in different applications.


Pallet Flow Racking

How many different types of products are stored in your warehouse is an important influencing factor in choosing a pallet racking system. When you store a variety of SKUs but need high density storage, pushback is the ideal choice. While with pushback you typically store one product per aisle, you can store different SKUs in different aisles. forklifts can easily access all lanes and pick different products.
Pallet Flow Rack is a high density storage system with FIFO (first in, first out) capability. This type of system is suitable for time sensitive products and a limited number of SKUs. pallets are loaded from one side and gravity rollers transport the pallets to the picking side of the rack.


Push back the pallet rack

First and foremost, your inventory control principles are very significant to this decision. Push-back shelving is LIFO (last in, first out) and pallet flow shelving is FIFO (first in, first out). Therefore, if you have date-sensitive inventory or store perishable items, you may not choose push-back racking. With Pallet Flow, you will be able to pick the items you store in the system first, and then pick the items you store later.




The Common Denominator

Both push-back racking and pallet flow racking minimize the number of aisles you need, and with push-back, one aisle of forklifts can be completely eliminated because pallets are stored and picked up from the same aisle. Because of this, push-back racks are usually placed against a wall. However, push-back racking is usually only up to six pallets deep. Pallet flow can be up to 25 pallets deep, but each end of the system requires an aisle because pallets are stored on one side and then flow down to the other end for picking.

If you’re looking for high density storage but you’re not sure which system is best for you, we hope this article has been helpful. Contact us and we can help you determine what kind of pallet racking you need for your facility.


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Post time: Jul-13-2022