Knowing which rack system accommodates specific inventory management is helpful to selecting, comparing, and pricing elements required. A Drive In Pallet Rack system, for example, is ideal for uniform-sized pallets, inventory that has high turnover rates, and freezer or cooler storage. Facilities that handle that type of inventory operate on a last in/first out (LIFO) management system. The drive in system is ideal for that situation because it only has one entry and exit point. It is easily customized to fit any size pallets used and any type of forklift specific to the warehouse. There are no aisles needed with this format so there is more space to store more inventory. The dense system is also cost-effective because there are not as many separate pieces utilized to create the racks.
If most of the inventory involved has expiration dates or needs to be moved before a certain amount of time has passed, such as dry baking ingredients, candy, batteries, or even drink mix packets a drive-thru pallet system is appropriate. This design consists of a door at each end of the bay for an FIFO management system. That refers pallets that are moved based on a first in/first out principle. Most facilities utilize a selective system that provides access to every single pallet in the warehouse. This works for large warehouses used by department store chains and distribution centers that serve multiple business clients. Pallets are set back to back along racks set up with aisles between them. A forklift can move around the inventory to identify and removed individual pallets as needed. Consult with professionals before purchasing any pallet systems to make sure specific inventory needs will be met. Ask about the availability of used pallets because when companies move operations, pallets are often bought by suppliers.