One of the ways it does so is by saving on labor costs. As mentioned above, push back racking makes warehouse labor processes more efficient. For example, forklift drivers do not have to remove “blocking pallets” in the front of push back racking because push back’s design means each pallet position stores from 2-5 pallets of the same SKU. In addition, pallets are loaded and picked in a FILO inventory retrieval order. Many forklift operators also feel that push back racking is an easier system to work with than standard selective rack, and that it takes less time to learn how to use. The efficiency or lack thereof of warehouse labor can be a major resource or a major liability, and push back rack systems can turn the tables from the latter to the former.
Push back racking provides greater storage density than selective rack, and can generate a storage capacity increase of up to 90%.
As was also touched on earlier in the article, push-back simply allows warehouses to store more product with the LIFO (last in, first out) design. Many companies can only sell as much product as they’re able to store and distribute, so responding to an increase in demand by installing push back can boost business over time. Push back racking provides greater storage density than selective rack, and can generate a storage capacity increase of up to 90%. The result, if implemented properly, is often the ability to rotate through a higher volume of product and make better use of the available warehouse space instead of needing to build an addition or lease new space.
Push back racking usually isn’t cheap upfront. Push back pallet racks are engineered warehouse storage systems, and the initial investment needed to implement it will likely be higher than some other pallet racking options, such as selective or drive-in racking. However, the potential long-term benefits of push back rack should also be taken into consideration during the decision-making process. For some businesses, the value may not be there. For many others, however, push back racking’s exceptional storage density, labor savings, and speed of use will result in the growth needed to make a push back system more than worth the investment. Learn more about all of our pallet rack systems.