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There is a lot to think about when you’re renovating a home. You need to make many decisions, starting with what contractor to use and how much money you want to spend. It helps if you have a clear vision for how you want your home to look when you’re done. If you’re not sure what it is that you want yet, take some time to look through my blog. I’ll discuss everything from home additions to flooring materials to appliances and fixtures. These articles will help you get a sense of the possibilities for your home renovation, and help you narrow down your options. Eventually, you’ll decide on the renovations that are right for you.

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Storing Inventory: 4 Types Of Racking To Revolutionize Your Operation

Pamela Gonzales

Rapid order fulfillment, like that offered by major online retailers, has revolutionized the way the stockroom, the warehouse, and the distribution center handle product. While it was once enough just to have a labeled shelf for every SKU in stock, the need for speed has made that type of system obsolete. If your company wants to compete in today's market of guaranteed overnight and two-day delivery, versatile and functional racking is a must. Whatever your need, there's a form of racking out there to satisfy it:

Motorized Mobile Pallet Racking

If you carry a huge selection of items but are limited by the size and scope of your stockroom, a motorized pallet-racking system can easily double the amount of space you have available. This type of racking works by sliding forward and back along a floor-mounted track. When no one is picking or putting product or auditing bays, the racks roll together with no aisle space in between. When you need access to the aisles, you simply crank the racks apart. Installing this form of mobile racking allows you to store much more product in the same amount of space because you're basically using each individual aisle as storage as well. 

Drive-Through Racking

This type of racking works well in larger warehouses and distribution centers where space is at an optimum. Product is stored on pallets inside individual bays, and equipment such as forklifts, reach trucks, and narrow-aisle trucks are driven into the aisles to retrieve entire pallets. Bays can be accessible from both sides, called drive-through racking. Or they can be accessible from one side only, called drive-in racking. 

Whether you install drive-through or drive-in racking, your product's accessibility will be greatly improved over older-style types of storage. Of course, you'll have the added expense of purchasing and maintaining motorized material-handling trucks and drivers to run them, but your ability to pick and put product will be much more efficient. As a business owner, you must weigh the advantages against the added expense of drive-through racking. If you're operation is still new and growing, a smaller, less expensive form of racking might be a better choice. 

Gravity-Flow Racking

In gravity-flow racking, product is stored on pallets that rest on a slight incline. As one pallet is removed, the one behind it slides down to take its place. This type of racking may have its own braking system to help keep pallets moving at a safe speed. Gravity-flow racking is ideal for products such as food or other perishable items that carry an expiration date. Pallets can be loaded and retrieved from either the front or the back of the racking -- whichever side holds the older product. 

Push-Back Racking

Push-back racking is similar to racking that uses gravity flow, except instead of being propelled along the rails by gravity, pallets are pushed ahead by the addition of each new pallet placed on the racking behind it. This style of racking system allows you to store pallets several deep -- each one on a wheeled base that sits on railings. 

Regardless of what type of inventory you need to house, it's imperative that your material handling equipment and racking system is efficient, modern, and provides quick and easy access to the products you need to pick and put. If you utilize heavy equipment trucks, they must be well-maintained and their operators well-trained. Your racking must be categorized and labeled in a way that makes sense so that even the newest employee can anticipate where freight will be found. And safety must always be at the forefront of your operation; running an efficient and functional stockroom, warehouse, or distribution center depends on these factors.