Similarly, Hormel Foods Corp, with facilities in Atlanta and Columbus, is a testament to the effectiveness of strategic warehouse planning in the food processing sector. They have adopted a galvanized structural drive-in rack system, which plays a significant role in enhancing their pallet storage in a shipping area.
Galvanized racking is sanitary and corrosion resistant, which is an important factor in food processing facilities. This system allows for better space utilization, ensuring product availability and easy access to perishable goods, ensuring Hormel Foods Corp can swiftly meet the demands of their extensive customer base, ranging from retail to hospitality sectors.
One roadblock in this project was designing a 3-4 high drive-in system while retaining compatibility with Hormel’s forklifts. Many warehouse designers neglect to consider forklift accessibility when designing a drive-in system, only to find that the installed system is unusable. AK recognized and designed around the forklift, providing a custom, functional storage system to meet Hormel’s needs.