What is Drive In Racking?
Drive in racking is a highly efficient pallet storage system designed to make the most of the cubic space available by minimising the aisles needed for trucks. This means that drive in racking can provide up to 85% space optimisation, storing more in less space. This storage solution is ideal for any business with high cost per square metre floor area who are looking to store a large amount of items of the same reference. Drive in racking provides a versatile, easy-to-install racking system that improves logistics and stock control. There are two main storage types for drive in racking: “drive in” and “drive through” pallet racking. Both can be excellent storage solutions depending on your needs.
Drive in pallet racking (Last in-First out), is the most common compact racking system and allows a single access point for forklifts. It uses the ‘last in-first out’ method, so the last load is always the first one accessed/removed. This is ideal for space maximisation as you only require one truck operating aisle, leaving more space for storage.
The alternative is Drive through pallet racking (First in-First out), this drive through racking solution requires two access lanes for trucks at each side of the racking, one for loading and one for unloading. Using the ‘first in-first out’ method, stock stored on this racking is always removed in the order it went in, making it perfect for rotating perishable stock with a shelf life, or simply ensuring no pallets get forgotten in the ends of racking
The main advantages of having ‘Drive in’ or ‘Drive through’ racking systems are their highly efficient optimisation of space and great stock control, making them a very popular solution for anyone looking to make the most of space and maintain good stock rotation. Also, With the flexibility to change configurations, maximise floor and storage space and an easy-to-install modular structure, drive in racking can be perfect solution for any business looking to maximise space and improve operating efficiencies.