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Upgrading to Pallet Racking: How to Prepare?

If you’ve already taken a look at our complete guide to pallet racking, you may already be keen to start taking advantage. But where do you start? You’re going to need to plan carefully for adjusting your current warehouse setup, for one. Then, you’re going to need to make sure you buy the right pallets for the job.

In this guide, we’ll focus on the basics of preparing and setting up for pallet racking. We have a separate buying guide to help you choose the best system.

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Calculating Space

Calculating the space and storage you need for pallets in your warehouse can seem tricky. However, the best thing to do initially is to take full, concise measurements of the space you are willing to use. This will include vertical wall space, as many pallet racks make particular use of this dimension.

You should also measure up your existing shelving and storage units. If you know you need more storage, you can use this data to help narrow down your pallet racking choices. As mentioned, many pallet racks will generally add plenty of space onto the vertical dimension, so take this into account.

Measure floor space, wall height and all your existing shelving. This data will all come in handy when choosing the right systems later on.

Calculating Capacity Required

It is so important to take a full inventory of your current stock. It may be prudent to run a full audit of existing stock and to reduce it as much as you can without being wasteful. This way, you can adequately prepare for a pallet system that provides enough capacity and load-bearing. 

Make sure to plan ahead, too. It is always a good idea to over-shoot capacity and load-bearing calculations. That is because if you are likely to hold even more stock in future, you will need to make sure you can comfortably store it. If you can weigh stock and make predictions, the buying process will be all the smoother for you.

That can mean a fair amount of work on your part, but it will mean the difference between buying a system that leaves you with lots of space for manoeuvre and one which makes little difference.

Preparing for Installation Day

We’re skipping a step here as our dedicated buying guide covers it in a little more detail. Preparing for installation day is crucial if you want to avoid business disruption or disruption to your stock levels. Make sure you have a plan in place to temporarily move and hold your inventory while you dismantle and remove old shelving.

You will need to remove your old shelving and units before bringing in pallet racks. Therefore, either make arrangements for temporary stock holding or stagger your schedule for ease of movement. You’re also going to need plenty of room for manoeuvre when setting up your new racks, too!

Setting up pallet racks doesn’t need to be complicated. Why not contact an Erect-A-Rack professional for advice if you have any concerns?

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