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How To Make Purchasing Warehouse Supplies Easier

By Justin Nielsen

Take a close look at the number of warehouse supplies a typical warehouse needs and you can get an idea of just how much lies beneath the surface of the seeming simplicity of warehousing. The big items like the pallet racks are just the tip of the iceberg, yet even they need special consideration.

There a many different types of pallet racks, each of which serves a different purpose. While all of them are basically of beam and upright construction, that’s about all they have in common.

When most people think of a pallet rack, they think of the selective rack. The selective rack is one that is divided into single pallet storage areas. This makes it easy to remove single pallets, rather than having to remove several at a time if the one your forklift operator needs is not the top one.

However, there are other things you need to take into consideration when you are choosing pallet racks. If you are storing heavy goods and subjecting your racks to hard use, you will require heavy duty bolted structural racks that are made out of hot rolled structural channels.

If you want make sure that your stock rotation goes smoothly, you may want to choose a gravity powered pallet flow rack. This type of rack ensures that the pallet at one end of the rack always holds the stock you want to to go out first. When one pallet is removed, all the pallets behind it slide into their next place in line on tilted roller shelves.

Another gravity powered type of pallet rack is designed for carton flow and works on a similar shelving system as the pallet flow rack. Once again, it is ideal for making inventory rotation fool-proof.

A similarly designed system, called the Push Back system, has carts that are nested on sturdy steel rails. This system, which allows pallets to be nested up to four deep is great for optimizing storage density.

Another type of pallet rack that is ideal for warehouses with limited space is the narrow aisle pallet rack. This type of rack requires a specialized forklift, but is ideal for high volume, high traffic areas where a quick turnaround is called for.

Once you have determined the type or types of pallet racks that you need, you have only begun your search for your warehouse supplies. You will have plenty of other shelving needs as well, not to mention ladders, partitions, wire decking and maybe even modular offices. Once these major issues are taken care of, then you can start worrying about the so-called small stuff, like boxes, bubble wrap, tape and so many other warehousing necessities.

Buying warehouse supplies is not a job to be taken lightly. Experience warehouse managers know just what a big job they have in front of them and rely on the expertise of their warehouse supplier. He is the one whose job it is to know everything about the needs of a warehouse. He knows exactly what is needed, from the pallet racks right down to the smallest boxes and everything in between. Let him help you choose your warehouse supplies and you can be sure you’ve gotten the right supplies for your warehousing needs.

Want to find more articles about Warehouse Supplies, then visit Bahrns Equipment’s site on how to choose the best Warehouse Supplies and Equipment for your needs.

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Nielsen, Justin "How To Make Purchasing Warehouse Supplies Easier." How To Make Purchasing Warehouse Supplies Easier. 2 Jul. 2010. 9 Sep 2015 <>.

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