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What is Drive-In Racking? Warehouse Racking Guide: Part 4

Filed under: Warehouse Racking

What is drive-in racking? With drive-in racking, pallets are placed so they can slide backwards on a rail, thus storing them more deeply and creating more space in the warehouse. Drive-In Racking involves the forklift entering the racking from one side to load or retrieve the pallets which are stored more deeply.

Types of Drive-In Racking

Single entry racks involve racks that have forklift access to one side only

Drive In Racking Single Entry Example

Double entry racks involve racks where forklifts can access both sides of the racking structure. A row of the racks at the centre of this structure is held in place by a large beam.

Drive in Racking Double Entry Example

When should you use Drive-In Racking?

  • If you have products that need cold/freezer type storage.
  • If you have large amounts of similar products and a limited space then drive-in racking is probably your best option when it comes to storage.
  • If you have fragile product loads which cannot be stored in block stacks.

What are the advantages of Drive-In Racking?

  • Freezer or cold storage can be expensive therefore organisations will want to store as many products in as limited space as possible.
  • If you have numerous pallets of a similar product, drive-in racking creates more efficient use of space in a warehouse instead of selective type racking where there are many aisles with spaces in between to account for access of a forklift.

What are the disadvantages of Drive-In Racking?

  • For one, these racks are more open to misuse, so it’s important that the rack is strong and reliable in order to last.
  • Second is the Last In First Out (LIFO) aspect of racking; where the last and newest/fresh product will replace the older products at the front of the racking row; therefore old products will not be used before new products are added.


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