Also known as ‘wide aisle pallet racking’, APR is the most widely utilised of industrial shelving unit layouts.
With wide aisles, there comes no need for specialist equipment for you to access your goods.
As the name suggests, the width between racks is wider than usual (a minimum of 2.5 metres), so it’s far easier for a standard forklift to travel through your warehouse and to retrieve stock from either side of a pallet.
Using upright frames and adjustable horizontal beams for stability, your storage system can be built to your needs, to suit your space and goods.
If you need to adjust the height of your racking to manage different sized pallets, it’s easy to do.
Business models can frequently change, as well as the stock you handle; this makes APR a very attractive, affordable option for the modern business.
Flexible and adjustable to suit your stock sizes and types
Every pallet is supported individually and can be accessed independently of the other
Wide aisles mean no specialist equipment is needed
Easy and fast loading and picking for busy warehouses
Highly durable and long lasting
Aisles designed for reach truck or counterbalance truck operations
Easily installed and cost-effective
Low initial costs
Available in varying widths and depths to suit your warehouse size and shape
Can take up a large amount of your warehouse due to the space required between the racking (you may only use 40% of your warehouse capacity for actual storage)
You may need to compromise additional space to allow for free movement of your forklift (standard counterbalance trucks need between 3.5 – 4m to work freely)
Another popular option, narrow aisle pallet racking (also known as VNA, very narrow aisle) is a practical solution for a smaller warehouse, who wants to get as much storage space as possible out of their facility.
VNA racking utilises the height of a warehouse, and helps maximise your storage capacity by allowing more stock storage for every square foot.
With far thinner aisles allowing for more storage space, you can store up to 50% more stock.
Often you may find that the money saved by using narrow aisle racking could cover for the hire/purchase of the equipment needed.
Usage of this racking could also help prevent the need to move location or expenses such as expansion and additional storage.
No need for an expensive expansion when you can double up your storage with VNA racking
Increase of storage capacity
Improve productivity, efficiency and pick rates
Reduce the storage cost per square metre or per pallet stored
Easy direct access to individual pallets
Specialist trucks will be required to allow for complete access to this kind of racking: reach trucks and VNA trucks are best suited but can be an additional cost if not already utilised
Additional training may be required for your staff to operate these trucks, again at an additional cost
DOUBLE DEEP PALLET RACKING
Another option which could help increase your storage space (without the need for expansion or uprooting) is double deep racking.
Similar to APR, this warehouse racking system uses adjustable steel beams and frames, however there is two rows of racking, one behind the other.
This allows pallets to be stored either 2 or 4 pallets deep between aisles.
By utilising this racking method, you can store up to 30% more pallets.
Low initial setup costs
Pallets are accessible, despite being stacked 2 or more deep
An ideal system for industrial goods, distribution and long life goods
Specialist trucks are required to access your goods, such as extended reach trucks, which will come at an additional cost if you don’t already own the equipment
Additional training maybe required for your operators (again at an additional cost)
A last in, first out (LIFO) system, which is not ideal for highly perishable goods
If your stock is both delivered and sent out in bulk, drive in racking could be the storage solution you’ve been looking for.
It’s first in, last out (FILO) system makes it terrible for perishables, but for items without a quick use by date, drive in racking is very efficient.
Very different to the other racking options on this list, pallets are instead placed so that they can slide along on a rail, allowing them to be stored further back in your storage facility, in turn creating additional space. You can opt for:
Single entry racking: your forklift can access one side of the racking only
Or double entry racking: your forklift can access both sides
This type of racking is also particularly suited for frozen or cold storage items.
Increased storage space (both horizontally and vertically)
Storage of frozen or cold storage goods
Reduce aisle space
Perfect for bulk goods
Strong and stable
No specialist equipment required
This type of racking is only really suited to large bulk goods