Questtions1You need more pallet storage – that’s the easy part, but which type of pallet rack system is right for your business, your available space, your application?  There are a lot of options – selective rack, push-back rack, drive-in… maybe automated storage or a pallet shuttle system.  The tough part is weeding through the available options to narrow in on the best solution for your business.

These are the questions we ask our customers BEFORE they buy to ensure they understand all pallet flow rack system requirements and advantages.  How you answer each question helps us determine the best system choice and to develop a design that will be an ideal pallet flow solution for today and for future growth.

What Can You Tell Us About Your Needs?

  1. Pallet Flow Rack TypesDo you need dense pallet storage? If the answer is YES then Mallard Pallet Flow Rack is an excellent option for high-density pallet storage. Take a look at our pallet flow product page where, front and center, you’ll see various types of pallet flow. Scroll a little further and you’ll see exactly how pallet flow will add pallet positions, consolidate storage and increase productivity.
  1. Does your volume per SKU justify pallet flow? Pallet flow is the go-to for high volume, low SKU operations, however your volume per SKU criteria isn’t found with a simple formula – it varies greatly by application, i.e. are you considering deep-lane pallet flow, pallet flow for assembly staging or a pallet flow, case-pick module for order fulfillment? Our pallet flow experts will evaluate the application, and crunch the numbers to define the best system for your project.
  1. Do you have enough space for a pallet flow system? Determining how large a pallet flow rack system you can and should build is a process covered in two of our recent blogs:

  1. What system do you use for inventory management? Drive-In is an economical choice for deep-lane storage of like SKUs using last-in/first-out (LIFO) inventory rotation. Push-back is another efficient LIFO solution with greater lane selectivity.  And, of course, pallet flow would be your choice for first-in/first-out (FIFO) inventory rotation, i.e. dated goods, food items or perishables. See what else we have to say about these options and more –

  1. What type of material handling equipment will you use? Pallet flow is generally accessed by fork trucks. The type of truck and its respective max height and capacity requirements must be considered in your system design. Within the capacity allowance, be sure to consider the back pressure when unloading the pallet flow system.

    • Back Pressure Formula – Back pressure is approximately 6% of the full weight of the rear pallet loads.

      • Ex)  5-deep system with 2,500 lb. loads – Back pressure = .06 x 2,500 lbs. x 4 pallets = 600 lbs.
    • And, if pallet flow is just what you need at the dock… Mallard’s Pallet Jack Access Ramps allows you to use your pallet jack to load and unload  quickly and easily. Here’s more on this new addition to Mallard’s product line.
  1. What type of pallet will you use? Knowing the type, size, shape and material of your pallet is important to pallet flow design. We take all the information and determine which system and accessories will do the job for each unique application. Here’s a great project example….

  1. And what about pallet quality? Even more critical to system performance is pallet quality – Good pallets = good pallet flow! We consider this SO important, we dedicated a number of blogs on the topic…

  1. What’s Your Project Budget? While pallet flow rack systems can have a higher initial investment cost, they’re designed to bring significant ROI. The Mallard team will show you how your space and labor savings, along with significant productivity gains will make it worth every penny.

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