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By Rainee | 04 August 2021 | 0 Comments

Which Is The Best - Drive-in VS Drive-thru Pallet Rack

The correct rack style type can be important in trying to maximize your warehouse space. Larger lot size quantities of the same SKU (stock-keeping unit) might require a high-density rack system. The Heda Shelves system that provides maximum efficiency for high-density storage is either drive-in or drive-through pallet racking. These two systems are similar in style, but they differ based on how pallets are loaded and unloaded.

What is Drive-in Rack

Drive-in Pallet Racking creates efficiencies by reducing aisle loading and unloading times, yet allowing greater access compared to block-stacking. Positioning pallets on front-to-back rails allows rows to be stacked next to each other safely and efficiently.

One Way Drive-in Rack

Material is both stored and retrieved from the same side (entry point) in several aisles.

Two Way Drive-in Rack

Arranging drive-in to be enter-able from two sides allows for maximum space usage and easy product accessibility from two separate sides.

What is Drive-thru Rack

Drive-through pallet racking involves the forklift loading pallets on one side and unloading pallets on the opposite side. In this system, the truck uses rails to unload and load products after driving into the racks themselves. Drive-through pallet racking is best suited to first in, last out (FILO) systems because it is useful for products that move quickly.

Similarities between Drive-in Pallet Rack & Drive-thru Pallet Rack

● Reduction in warehouse space required, lower costs, and holds more loads due to increased storage density
● High volume, low SKU for storing large amounts of similar products
● A wide variety of heights and depths to meet any storage requirement


The Difference between Drive-in Rack & Drive-thru Rack

Drive-In Rack and Drive-Thru racking are terms that are often used interchangeably. In some environments, it can be difficult to differentiate between the two.
Drive-in Rack Drive-thru Rack
Last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory management First-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management
Access to one side only Access both sides of the racking structure
Aisle minimum High-density storage but an additional aisle required

Comparison of advantages between Drive-in Rack &Drive-thru Rack

The advantage of Drive-in Pallet Rack

● Only one aisle needed
● works well against a wall to increase rack stability and use maximum vertical space
● Perfect for products that need cold or freezer storage


The Advantage of Drive-thru Pallet Rack

● Able to load and pick at the same time
● More flexible for product and inventory rotation
● Used to store perishable items that are rotated quickly


When do you need Drive-in / Drive-thru Racks (Ideal Uses)

Drive-in/drive-thru racking systems have specific design criteria that must be taken into consideration before deciding whether this system is the best one for your warehouse storage.
With the drive-in system, the operator will perform both tasks at the same end, considerably reducing distances traveled in the warehouse.
However, whenever possible it will always be more advisable to use the FIFO method, as it generates more efficient stock turnover and allows us to dispose of the oldest product which is an advantage even with homogeneous and non-perishable products. This efficient design can also result in less rack damage as drivers do not have to enter the lanes as frequently for product removal.


Your Next Step

Heda Shelves is highly knowledgeable and experienced in designing, engineering, and installing drive-in rack systems and drive-through rack systems and will make sure your system is the best fit for your space.

About Heda Shelves

Heda Shelves is a company specialized in designing, manufacturing, selling and installing all types of display and storage shelves. We help businesses and warehouses maximize their storage capacity so they can serve more customers, and ultimately increase their profits. Your safety is our priority, which is why we only use high-quality supplies. With more than 20 years in the materials handling and warehouse industry, we’re a leading racking supplier in China.
Our factory, advanced facilities and professional workmanship ensure our further improvement. We have made various fashionable and high-end shelves for different well-known brand customers. Our products are very popular in Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe, America and Canada. We have gained great credit from our foreign customers.


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