When does pallet racking make sense for my business?

Pallet racking comes in many different varieties and can be smart business choice.

It’s a common story for many warehouse operators experiencing unexpected surges in demand from online shopping growth, seasonal demand or simply demand growth in the aftermath of the pandemic. How many times have you seen yourself or talked to another operator who has experienced overflowing shelves or maximum weight capacities reached following a demand surge? These situations certainly push the limits of capacity in limited or outdated storage systems.

For these companies the question is whether to invest now in greater capacity to improve the storage and picking of orders, or to try to find ways to work around their systems. Efficiencies can sometimes be gained through activities like reorganising warehouse layouts, streamlining processes for receiving and dispatch, or increasing processing times on orders to allow more frequent restocking of popular items. Are these activities worth it in the long run for the company? These workarounds might seemingly save money but do not support sustainable long-term growth.

Nor do they solve the proverbial problem of unfulfilled items that cannot be found and the refunds that result. This occurs when pickers cannot physically fulfil an order item that is known to be in the warehouse because there has been insufficient room on shelves to put that item away. When items are available for sale but can’t be fulfilled, then they become missed opportunities for the company, lost sales or refunds.

Smart operators are not waiting to reach the tipping point, but are making proactive investments in advanced pallet racking systems. These are the companies reaping the rewards. These solutions empower warehouses to not only massively increase and potentially double their storage capacity but also significantly escalate monthly sales within a short span.
How could they help your business?

Knowing when it's time

When does investing in pallet racking make perfect sense? There are a number of signs for when the time is right to give your warehouse a serious upgrade:

  • Space is Tight: If you’re playing Tetris with your stock, struggling to find space for new products, it’s time to start thinking vertically—literally. Pallet racking takes advantage of vertical space, freeing up your floor and making storage so much easier.
  • Inventory Confusion: When finding a product feels like a treasure hunt, pallet racking can help organise your goods efficiently, making sure everything is right where you expect it to be.
  • Growth is on the Horizon: If your business is growing (congrats, by the way!), pallet racking is a scalable solution that grows with you, ensuring you’re always ready for what’s next. Think about the seasonality in your business, when will your next demand surge come?

Solving the problem warehouse storage

Adopting pallet racking isn’t just about stashing more stuff—although it does help with that. More importantly, however, it can transform your warehouse into a model of efficiency.

That means quicker access to inventory, improved workflow, and, ultimately, happier customers because you can serve them faster and more reliably.

Pallet racking essentials - what you need to know

At its heart, pallet racking is about stacking up your storage game. Here’s a quick rundown of the essentials:

  • Types of Pallet Racking: From selective racks (the versatile all-rounder) to drive-in racks (great for bulk storage), there’s a type for every need.
  • Understanding the Components: Beams, frames, uprights and crossbeams—these are the building blocks of your storage solution. Together, they create a sturdy structure that holds your products safely and efficiently.

Pallet racking is more than just shelves; it’s a strategic choice that can dramatically impact how you use your warehouse space.

Whether you’re storing widgets or wares, there’s a pallet-racking setup that fits your business like a glove.

Measuring the benefits - space, savings and sanity

The true magic of pallet racking lies in its ability to transform your warehouse from a cluttered maze into an organised oasis. But the benefits don’t stop there:

  • Boost Your Bottom Line: By maximising your space, you can store more inventory, reduce overhead costs, and increase your operational efficiency. It’s like giving your business a bigger tank for its growth engine.
  • Scale as You Grow: Pallet racking systems are like LEGO for your warehouse; you can add on and rearrange as your business expands, ensuring your storage solution always fits your needs perfectly.
  • Keep Your Team Happy: A well-organised warehouse reduces the time and effort your team spends finding and moving stock. Less time searching means more time doing what they do best and a more efficient workflow for all.

Ready-Made Racking or Custom?

If your warehouse is a standard shape and you don’t have uniquely shaped inventory with specific load-bearing requirements, then in most cases ready-made pallet racking will be the right choice for your business. These solutions allow you to benefit from the learnings of other similar sized businesses who have already solved challenges like the ones you face today.

Ready-made warehouse pallet racking gives you fast access to a reliable, certified pallet racking system that helps you grow your storage capacity seamlessly.

Before you purchase racking, check with your supplier to ensure that you’re getting racking that is certified to Australian standards and that it is strong and flexible enough to meet your needs.

DIY or Professional Installation?

Pallet racking might seem straightforward, but there’s a lot to consider when it comes to installation. Here’s how to decide if you should roll up your sleeves or call in the pros:

  • DIY Installation: Perfect for the hands-on business owner. It’s cost-effective and can be a great team-building exercise. Just make sure you’re up to speed and have the right tools for the job.
  • Professional Installation: When precision, safety and time are of the essence, professional installers are worth their weight in gold. They can ensure your racking is set up efficiently and compliant with all regulations, letting you focus on keeping your business running.

Step Up Your storage game with Ready Rack

Whether it’s just starting to feel a little tight in your current space or you’re planning for future expansion, pallet racking is a smart, scalable solution.

And when it comes to choosing the right system and getting it installed, Ready Rack has got your back.

With a wide range of options and a team of experts ready to guide you through the selection and installation process, we make upgrading your warehouse storage easier than ever.

Don’t let space constraints slow your business down. Contact Ready Rack today, and let's turn your warehouse into a well-oiled machine, ready to support your business’s growth every step of the way.

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