Drive-In pallet racking is a high-density storage solution ideal for high volumes of the same or limited SKUs. It is a Last-In/First-Out (LIFO) storage system with single-aisle access, allowing for a deep, compressed design. Drive-in pallet rack is easy to identify by its unique storage lanes equipped with horizontal rails that run the full depth of the rack. The system can store up to 10+ pallets deep per lane.
The first pallet is loaded in the last or furthest available pallet position leaving the most recently stored to be the first picked. However, you can also design the system with opposite side forklift entry and exit; this is called a Drive-Thru configuration.
Advantages | Considerations:
- High-density pallet racking
- Ideal for high-volume, low-SKU applications
- Lane depth 10+ pallets deep
- LIFO stock rotation – drive-in
- FIFO stock rotation – drive-thru
- Vulnerable to honeycombing – empty pallet positions due to SKU increase
Due to the excessive forklift access to the drive-in pallet system, it is wise to consider rack safety features to protect your team, racking, equipment, and inventory.
Drive-In System Safety Features
- Column protectors
- Row end protectors
- Heavy-duty horizontal struts
- Floor channel
- Floor angle stops
- Heavy-duty, boxed, and recessed columns