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The benefits of push back pallet racking

Push back pallet rack systems provide a very desirable combination of high density storage and pallet accessibility. The storage density equals that of drive-in pallet rack systems, yet every lane can be accessed at all times. The gravity storage system for bulk goods can be stored on pallets according to the last in first out principle (LIFO). Pallets are pushed back by the next incoming pallet. Any lane can be filled from the aisle without affecting any other adjacent lanes above or below.

Did You Know?

  • The push back racking system also known as dynamic pallet racking is where pallets can be stored two, three, four or up to 10 pallets deep. The pallets are loaded and unloaded from the same aisle reducing truck travel distances and improving efficiency. Once a pallet is picked from the pick face, the rest roll forward automatically under a controlled speed.
  • The system is an ideal solution for warehouses with palletised products and can be used for a wide variety of product types and mixed rotation.
  • The structure is made from certified high-strength steel and has a durable powder coating, meaning that it is rigid, reliable and safe.
  • The height of the racking and the aisle measurements are made to suit specific characteristics of lifting devices, pallet size and the dimensions of the warehouse itself.
  • Push back racking provides all of the density of the drive in system without having to drive into the rack keeping damage to a minimum. It provides the best use of available space and saves time in storage and extraction operations.
  • Push back racking can be located against a wall for a single-sided system where only one side is accessed or in a centre aisle for double sided access.
  • Maximum adaptability to any load type both in terms of weight and volume.
  • Up to 75% increase in storage capacity.
  • Fully demountable and can be relocated at a later date.
  • Fast construction, with minimum disruption.
  • Seamless integration into existing environment.
  • Makes use of existing available vertical space.

What type of Industries use the push back racking system?

There are multiple examples across a wide range of industries such as:

  • Automotive
  • Builders Merchants
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Hardware
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical
  • Food
  • Retail

Installation of pallet racking

Before any installation takes place it always best that a method statement and risk assessment is carried out. The erection of your racking may fall within the Construction Design and Management 2007 regulations therefore, it is important that this is adhered to.

Floor structure

Independent verification is recommended to ensure the floor is of a suitable construction as well as being able to sustain both the weight of the racking and the goods it will hold. In addition it is also important to verify that the floor is suitable to securely floor fix pallet racking, in line with the manufacturers requirements.


It is important to consider the safe use of plant or access equipment as specified by ‘The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998’, and should only be operated by a suitably qualified individual. Any operation should be carried out in line with the appropriate manual handling regulations.

External Pallet Racking

Again, the racking should only be erected externally if the design has first been approved by your pallet racking supplier.

Pallet Racking Assembly

The pallet racking should be levelled to the appropriate SEMA/FEM design code and the uprights floor fixed as specified by the manufacturer. All construction must be assembled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Please note the importance of the relative guidelines when erecting and levelling pallet racking.