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Drive-In Racking Systems

Drive-in racking systems come in two subtypes. Drive-in pallet racking systems are set up to allow the material handler to drive a fork lift directly into one end of the bay to deposit or retrieve pallets. Drive-thru rack design allows the forklift to traverse the entire length of the drive-thru rack, although frequently, warehouses use one end for picking and the other for putaway.

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Categories of Pallet Racking Systems

Warehouse pallet racking comes in two major categories: Drive-in racking and selective racking. Selective racking is like traditional shelving in that material handlers approach it from the front of each bay to pick or put away materials. Selective racking systems allow for greater variety in the materials stored, but drive-in racking enables better use of available space through denser storage. Selective racking can be configured to store materials in various-sized containers.

Choosing the Right Racking System

Drive-in racking is excellent for storing last in, first out (LIFO) materials because the most recently put-away material is always accessible at the open end. Drive-thru racking is great for FIFO materials, such as food and items with expiration dates like medical consumables. In this case, the new material is put away at one end of the drive-thru rack and the oldest pallets are picked from the other end. This ensures that the oldest material is picked first.

Optimizing Space Utilization

Both types are good for warehouses with limited space, since they only require a single aisle for access, allowing up to 75 percent more pallets to be stored in the same space than with traditional selective racking. Since drive-thru racking allows optimum use of vertical space, warehouses have the ability to maximize the density of stored materials.

Drive-in pallet racking systems can be configured to store various quantities of pallets. Material Handling Exchange stocks drive-in racking and drive-thru racking in two-, three-, four-, five- and six-pallet deep configurations. The optimum length of drive-in and drive-thru racking systems will depend on the available space, the size and weight of the goods, the shelf life of the goods, the equipment in use, and the strength of the available shelving — among other factors.

Drive-Thru Rack Design Considerations

Drive-thru rack design requires a detailed understanding of the materials to be stored and their lifecycle to ensure that materials are routinely used in the right order to prevent expiry and obsolescence.

Drive In / Drive Thru Rack Return on Investment

Benefits as compared to conventional selective racking:

  • Up to 75% more pallets in same space as selectable racks
  • Compact rack storage, requiring minimal comparable space
  • Lesser heating or cooling requirements
  • Lift truck access required on as little as one side only (drive-in racking)
  • Accommodating of comparably narrower aisles
  • Maximizes available vertical space
  • Allows for growth without increasing footprint
  • Up to 75% more pallets in same space as selectable racks
  • Compact rack storage, requiring minimal comparable space
  • Lesser heating or cooling requirements
  • Lift truck access required on as little as one side only (drive-in racking)
  • Accommodating of comparably narrower aisles
  • Maximizes available vertical space
  • Allows for growth without increasing footprint

Why Choose Material Handling Exchange?

Not every material handling equipment company has a team of experienced professionals with the necessary expertise like Material Handling Exchange. In addition, we have warehouses across the country so we can fulfill your order from the nearest facility, helping you save on freight costs as well as the total cost of your warehouse racking systems. With over 500,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage, we have the right racking system for you, ready for immediate shipment. If we don’t have it in stock, we’ll source it and ship it to you fast.

Density is the operative word here, meaning density in return on your investment. To get help right away on your unique requirements, call or fill out the Free Quote.

The Long and the Short

Selective racks allow for greater variety but lesser density, whereas drive-in/through pallet racks allow for lesser variety but greater density. Accessed from only one end, drive-in racks are best suited to last-in/first-out inventory pallet rotation, and drive-through racks, which are accessed by either end, are best suited to first-in/first-out, yet both are widely used for cold storage, quick-moving seasonal items, or inventory of much of similar items.

MHE and the Science of Rack System Design

MHE approaches pallet rack design, such as drive-in/drive-through racking systems, as a science with textbook awareness of manufacturers’ recommendations for loads and authoritative knowledge of the best practices utilized industry-wide. Specifically, we routinely calculate, with pinpoint accuracy, loads down to the very item and storage system components down to the bolt. We specialize in precision calculations especially for drive in/drive through systems, such as recommendations of how many and which lift trucks you should consider (counterbalanced, narrow aisle reach, deep reach, swing mast, articulating, walkie-stacker). Over 500,000 Square Feet of Climate Controlled Showroom Space throughout the Nation! Manufacturers of new and used drive-in and drive-through pallet rack systems in stock: If the pallet racking system components you need are not in stock, which is highly unlikely, rest assured that our expert staff will call upon our expansive national network of vendors to ship the item in question to you immediately.

Contact Material Handling Exchange Today

If you have questions about drive-thru pallet rack design, contact the professionals at Material Handling Exchange today. We’ll help you get the best, most efficient layout for your available space to optimize warehouse productivity.

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"Over the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of working with Chris Summers and Mark Horwitz with Material Handling Exchange. Over this period of time I have had the pleasure of working with them on large and small projects whether I was selling (or) buying uprights, beams, wire decking, shelving, carts and pick-modules from Chris and Mark. They have always been helpful and friendly. They treat you more like a friend than just a customer and that goes for to entire staff at Material Handling Exchange. They will go out of their way to help you whether your needing racking, shelving or anything necessary to equip your facility. I can’t express just how much they have helped me over the years. Now that Material Handling Exchange has the capability of manufacturing racking they can beat anyone’s price and supply you with quality racking!!"


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"I have worked with MHE for a year or so. They have helped me with old racking repair parts as well as new racks for our shop floor and warehouse. There team has been very helpful."

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"Material Handling Exchange employees were knowledgeable, helpful, and involved throughout the design and installation. Very easy to work with. The installation crew were professional and easy to work with."


"We have been outfitting a new 14,000 sqft warehouse with new racking. We worked with MHE a couple years ago and had great experience with getting everything specced out and rated for our needs. We had to get racks custom made for the specific work we do. Their prices were very competitive. We went back and ordered another quantity from them last year. We will likely be ordering more from them in the future. The only issue we had was the delivery. The trucking company they used didn’t brace everything and some of the racking fell off the pallets in the truck. It took us several hours to partially hand-unload a full 53 foot trailer. That was the trucking company though. MHE was great."


"Working with Bradly Cross and Ms Herbert in shipping was great. I had some problems with my shipper and they were very responsive to my needs for photos to help find the mis-shipped material."

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We will absolutely use Material Handling Exchange for future projects in our DC."

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