The Most Common Pallet Racking: Selective Pallet Rack

Pallet racking consists of a set of upright frames connected in various ways by horizontal beams to provide storage for palletized or non-palletized product depending on the rack configuration and beam supports used.

What is Selective Pallet Racking?

One type of pallet racking is selective, which comes in two varieties: single or double deep. Single deep selective racking is the most common type of pallet racking in use and is one of the least costly types of basic storage.

This is the type of racking used in many popular warehouses, such as Home Depot, Lowes, and Costco.

Single Deep Selective Pallet Racking

Single deep also offers access to every location giving users flexibility in product storage and retrieval.

Though single deep is flexible and at a low cost, it comes at the cost of space utilization. This can only be regained through the use of higher lift technology to reduce aisle space. It is best used when:

  • 100% access is required or desired
  • Large numbers of SKU’s are handled relative to total storage
  • Access trumps cube utilization

Double Deep Selective Pallet Racking

On the other hand, double deep selective rack allows for better space utilization and is no more costly per pallet location than single deep rack.

However, it should only be used if storage density is more important than 100% access, since product can become trapped and require additional labor to maneuver. This type of racking also requires specific lift equipment that can retrieve pallets from double deep locations.

If you have any questions or would like a facility assessment from one of our racking specialists, give us a call at (253) 872-7114.