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Common Warehouse Racking Mistakes and Why They Might be Holding You Back

Disasters and setbacks are unavoidable in any business. You can’t do much about bad luck, but you can minimise the negative effects to your business by being conscious of your staff, operations, and equipment. In this blog, we will look at the common warehouse racking mistakes, and why they might be holding your business back.

Pushing Racking Limitations

Every company always wants to get the most out of their equipment. On the surface, it seems like a shrewd business move: stacking as much as possible onto your racking to save on storage costs, thereby further boosting profits. Not taking the time to appreciate the capacity of your racking system, however, can lead to disastrous amounts of damage to your inventory, warehouse, and even the wellbeing of your staff.

Different racking systems exist for different uses, and are liable to crumble under excessive weight. Always adhere to weight limitations with your racking system, and observe good practise by placing heavier items, such as concrete and denser pallets, towards the bottom, so if a disaster ever did occur, the lighter items will fall from the higher altitudes.

Trusting Low Quality Racking

Similar to saving money by overstocking racking systems, businesses will often invest in inexpensive, low quality systems available on the market, rather than pricier, more reliable alternatives. As your business will require on these pallet racking systems for extended periods of times, however, it is essential you make room in your budget to accommodate the purchase of a dependable model that will not end up costing you more in the future when it fails, endangering your property and stakeholders.

Failing to attend to damage

General wear and tear of any piece of warehouse equipment is inevitable. Whether it is a collision with a piece of machinery, weakening after overloading, or merely general deterioration of the racking system’s structural integrity, it is simply a part of the industry. Accepting this is an important step, as it can aid you in budgeting for the future. Otherwise, you will continue to operate with increasingly faulty equipment, which you will repeatedly push until, quite literally, its breaking point. Either repair or replace the racking system, or take a pre-emptive approach and have your staff certified and trained to conduct work in a manner that will further minimise damage caused.

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