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Pallet Racking or Floor Stack?
How do we decide when to use pallet racking or floor stacking? What are the things to consider?
Pallet racking is used to utilize the air space in the warehouse. Rather than placing all the pallets on the floor and wasting the air space, pallet racking will increase the storage capacity of the operations.
However, imagine if the pallets only stay in the warehouse for 2-3 days. The effort required to putaway the pallets to the racking, and subsequently picking the pallets for outbound. For such fast moving pallets (typically fast moving consumer goods), you might need to consider storing them with floor stacking.
Another point to note is that sometimes, it depends on the inventory profile. For example, if the pallets are too heavy, it is advisable to stack them on the floor instead of placing them in the pallet racking. The same applies for the dimensions of the pallets as well.
While floor stacking makes more economical sense, the space it takes up allots for a difficult warehouse environment. Pallet racking is more costly, but the long-term benefits of being able to effectively operate a warehouse and manage inventory better can make it one of the best choices for any warehouses.
This is definitely true.
There are operations where it makes sense to use floor stacking instead. For example, if the inventory are fast moving (to be stored in the warehouse for a few days before they are picked and processed for outbound). In such operations, it may be an option to floor stack.