Definition: Pallet racking
Pallet racking or pallet rack or simply just “racking” is a steel structure built from two or more upright frames, beams, and connectors. Racking is welded, bolted or clipped together. It is used to supporting inventory in storage in a warehouse and is considered mission critical equipment in materials handling and warehouse operations.
You can think of pallet racking as large industrial shelving made of steel. It is used in a warehouse to organize and contain materials that are held in the facility.
They can hold any product. Think cans of food, nails and screws, Halloween costumes. Even freeze dried strawberries, wart medication, or bowling balls. Everything that has been sold to the consumer has been on a pallet at some point in its lifespan.
Pallet rack structures are built to provide warehouse managers the ability to store the maximum amount of product, while still providing the ability to access any materials on the rack by hand or using a forklift.
This allows for order picking, protecting the stored materials and facilitating a workflow to move goods in and out of a warehouse.