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A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Pallet Racking

Storage Solutions | Bowen Group / Blog / A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Pallet Racking
July 2016

Choosing the correct pallet racking type is a vital consideration in effectively utilising warehouse space, whilst maximising storage capacity and increasing fulfilment efficiency. When selecting the best type of pallet racking to suit your business needs, you will need to consider the available space, the specific product requirements (such as products requiring cool or dry storage), anticipated throughput of goods, and whether pallets require immediate picking access or longer term bulk storage.

selective rackingSelective Racking

Selective Pallet Racking is the best choice for those seeking a cost effective option by offering the lowest cost per square metre, while still maximising space. Selective Racking provides immediate access to every stored pallet, ensuring rapid stock access for a large variety of inventory units of medium quantity stored. As Selective Racking can be used with nearly all types of forklift and can be easily adjusted or relocated, this racking option rates highly for its convenience and practicality.  Being the most popular racking system, it is commonly used for retail inventory, wholesale stores and warehousing and distribution.

double deep racking

Double Deep Racking

 Storing two pallets in depth, Double Deep Racking increases storage density while maintaining a high level of stock access. Enabling easy stock rotation with high      throughput, this solution increases warehouse storage capacity and is often used where businesses require fast product despatch of large quantities of common product lines.

narrow aisle rackingNarrow Aisle Racking

This type of racking allows direct access to individual pallets, and is ideal for larger volumes of differing product lines demanding lower throughput. Requiring specialised handling equipment to operate in very narrow aisles, Narrow Aisle Racking is ideal for dense storage of hand packed goods on a First In First Out (FIFO) basis. With easily adjustable beams, Narrow Aisle Racking and Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) Racking is popular for companies needing immediate access to bulk reserve storage.

drive in racking

 Drive In Racking

If pallets don't all require immediate access, Drive In Racking is a perfect solution for storing cold and dry goods. Operating on a First In Last Out (FILO) system, Drive In Racking allows maximum use of warehouse space and volume. It is an ideal solution for coldroom and freezer storage of large volumes of few product lines

push back racking

Push Back Racking

Using conventional forklifts, Push Back Racking allows for rapid access for pallets that require immediate picking, while maintaining high storage density and reducing risk of racking damage from forklift equipment. As well as fast picking, Push Back Racking system is suited to coolroom storage, resulting in being the popular choice for food distributors.

pallet live racking

 Pallet Live Racking

Pallet Live Racking is an option suitable for perishable goods/freezer rooms that house a large number of pallets requiring rapid throughput. 100% stock rotation (FIFO) is achieved by storing pallets on rollers, creating gravity fed live flow lanes that present all pallets to the front ready for immediate picking. Along with segregation of rack loading and unloading functions in the fulfilment process, the conventional forklift equipment avoids entering the racking system thereby reducing costly rack damage. See the Pallet Live Racking System in action here in this short video:


Bowen Storage are the leaders in workplace solutions, and can assist in the design and specification of the most appropriate pallet racking system for any warehouse. This may include a structured combination of differing racking systems to best meet the stated business objectives.

For a full range of pallet storage options, give the team at Bowen a call today on 1300 780 654.