Drive-in pallet rack
Drive-In Pallet Rack - Apex CompaniesDrive-In pallet rack is a high-density storage solution ideal for applications with high volumes of the same or limited SKUs. Drive-in pallet racking uses rails that run the full depth of the rack system to store pallets up to 10+ deep, reducing the space dedicated to aisles. The forklift drives into the rack for pallet put-a-way and retrieval. Therefore, the first pallet is loaded into the last or furthest available pallet position within the lane leaving the most recently stored to be the first picked.

The difference between drive-in and drive-thru pallet rack is whether the system has forklift access on just one side (drive-in), or an entry on one side and exit on the opposite (drive-thru). Drive-in uses last-in/first-out (LIFO) inventory rotation, while drive-thru uses first-in/first-out (FIFO) rotation which is suitable for food and other perishable items with expiration dates.

Advantages | Considerations:

  • High-density pallet rack system
  • Requires a limited number of aisles
  • Ideal for high-volume, low-SKU applications
  • LIFO stock rotation – drive-in
  • FIFO stock rotation – drive-thru
  • Systems can be underutilized as SKUs increase (honeycombing)

Drive in pallet rack

Drive in pallet rack

Drive in pallet rack

Dive-In to Drive-In 3D

No better way to see the space-saving storage density of Apex Drive-In than to see it at work in our new 3D video animation.

Our short-feature showcases an 8 pallet deep, 4 level high drive-in system, complete with durable abuse-resistant accessories built-in to stand up in any warehouse environment. Learn the basics here, then give the Apex team a call to see how drive-in can help you optimize space.

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