What Pallet Racking Do I Need?

A lot of warehouses rely heavily on pallet organization.    While pallets are compact and easy to maneuver by themselves, they don’t stack nicely.

That’s why pallet racks were invented.

Of course, not all pallet racks are the same.  Warehouses have different needs and different systems of organization.  What pallet racking you choose ultimately comes down to what is best for your business.

So what is best for your business?  That’s what we’re here to help with.  Let’s look at the different types and options for pallet racks, and what ones will work best for you.


Teardrop pallet racking is a type of warehouse shelving named after the teardrop shaped holes that the holding clips mount onto.  These clips then hold the cross bars in place, allowing you to stack pallets on top of them.

The clips of teardrop racking can be easily moved up or down, allowing you to accommodate a variety of pallet sizes as you need to.

Ridgid Slot (or Slotted)

Very similar to Teardrop except they use a hook and slot set up, allowing for heavier load capacities.


While these work the same as teardrop and slotted, structural racking clips are typically fashioned with bolts.  This allows for the highest storage capacity while still retaining the ability to adjust.


Flow-thru (or drive-thru) is a style of pallet racking that involves FIFO (first in, first out).  Basically, you push the pallets in on one end, and they flow-through, coming out the other side where you pick them up.


Push-back (or Drive-In) pallet racking uses a LIFO system (last in first out).  Inventory is both loaded and removed from the same end of the rack, meaning the last item you placed on there is the first item that has to come off.

As you load more inventory, the rest of it gets “pushed-back”, hence the name.

Which is Right for Me?

What pallet racking you need depends largely on the setup of your warehouse.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options further, please visit our contact page here or call us at 1-800-969-8175.

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