Selective Pallet Racking is the most common type of warehouse racking; it has the lowest pallet storage capacity; but is also the lowest cost per square metre of racking. However, in terms of high volume storage greater than 3000 pallets it’s often the most expensive solution.
Selective Racking is only one pallet deep; with a maximum of two racks being able to be placed back to back.
Selective Pallet Racking provides direct access to every pallet in storage. For low turnover volume & high differentiation product lines this type of racking is a must.
This means it’s a First In First Out (FIFO) racking type (meaning the stock added in first is also removed first, compared to Last In First Out (LIFO) systems. (Which means that pallets are inaccessible until all the newer stock is removed (see Push Back Racking as an example of LIFO)?
FIFO ensures that perishable or short shelf life SKU’s are able to be turned over effectively.
When it comes to Selective Pallet Racking; aisle width is a major factor for storage capacity. Storage capacity can be as low as 35% to as high as 75% depending on the type of pallet handling equipment you choose (take a look at this basic layout guide to get an idea. (Refer Selective Racking Forklift application guide lines)
Remember that narrow width aisles don’t always equal lower storage cost. Narrow width aisles lower the forklift operator’s margin of error. This can lead to slower handling times which can outweigh the benefits associated with greater storage. Ensure you compare these costs before making a decision.
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