From frozen foods to pharmaceutical supplies, the business of storing, handling and distributing palletized goods and materials grows by the day. As delivery methods improve, however, the demands on distributors to quickly load and unload goods grow as well. What all of this means to your business is that if you’re not using a drive-in racking system to store the pallets you receive, you could be missing out on a huge storage benefit — a benefit that can have a positive impact on your bottom line.

Thanks to the density of floor-to-ceiling storage arrangements offered by drive-in racking systems, warehouses and other storage spaces are often able to triple or even quadruple the number of pallets they store. Based on your inventory and retrieval needs, either a drive-in or drive-thru pallet racking system could be just what you’re looking for to maximize the efficiency of your storage space.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of drive-in racks as well as how they differ from drive-thru solutions.

Advantages of a Drive-In Rack Solution

A drive-in racking solution is a rigid series of supports spaced just far enough from each other to allow the stacking of pallets from floor to ceiling. This style of racking gets its name from the fact that a forklift operator must drive the pallets in or out of the framework of upright supports and holding rails.

The layout of most drive-in racks allows for the elimination of any transport or passing aisles. This incredibly dense storage capability is ideal for companies looking for a cost-effective solution for storing high volumes of palletized materials that aren’t necessarily time-sensitive but do rotate on a fairly frequent basis. And since a drive-in rack method typically has fixed points of loading and unloading, it makes perfect sense if you use last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory management.

Drive-In Racking vs. Drive-Thru Pallet Rack Systems

In contrast to the LIFO inventory management system offered by drive-in racking systems, the freedom of a drive-thru pallet rack system is often the first choice for companies working under first-in, first-out (FIFO) conditions. Whereas a drive-in racking system keeps the same point for loading as it does unloading, a drive-thru system allows for one point of loading and a separate point for unloading — typically at the opposite end of the pallets’ racking from where they were loaded.

One word of caution, however, is that regardless of which system you choose, forklift operators must always be alert to not hit or damage the uprights and holding rails in either layout. Of course, since both systems are easy to install and visual safety checks can be carried out on a regular basis, both styles of pallet racking are cost-effective and highly efficient once in use.

McCall Handling Is the Choice of Professionals

At McCall Handling, our sales team draws upon our more than 65 years of experience serving the Mid-Atlantic region’s material handling needs. So when you’re ready to increase the storage capabilities of your business with either a drive-in or drive-thru racking system, we’re here to help make sure you get precisely what you need. Contact us today!