What are the main forms of warehouse storage?

There are 5 principle kinds of warehouse storage:

  • Pallet racking
  • Shelving
  • Mobile shelving
  • Multi-tier racking
  • Mezzanine flooring

Pallets, the most common and essential component of logistical stock storage and movement. Made of wood, metal or plastic,

Anything which is delivered and stored in boxes and requires inventory logging is a prime candidate for pallet racking.

Shelving, this one is fairly self-explanatory. Stock sits on static shelves rather than mobile pallets, so cannot be retrieved via forklift. But shelving is ideal for quick, easy access to stock, just as if you were in aisles at a shop. For this reason, it’s far more applicable for small, light items requiring manual picking and placement – such as agricultural produce, clothing, machine parts and components and small products. Anything too heavy to carry alone can’t be stored this way.

Mobile Shelving, often used for archiving and data storage, mobile shelving uses storage shelves fitted with a traction system.

The kind of stock kept in this environment can be kept in closely packed, compact storage when access isn’t needed, making it an ideal solution for archiving and retail store back areas.

Multi-tier racking, is ideal if you want to take full advantage of the vertical space you have in your warehouse. Multi-tier racking systems have different tiers, much like floors, so that stock can be accessed manually all the way up to the maximum limit of vertical storage.

A warehouse mezzanine floor can yield a massive amount of extra storage space. Effectively, you’re just constructing a second floor above existing aisles, which provides extra shelving space, working areas for staff to pick and pack or check and move stock on.

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