If floor space is not limited, warehouses often prefer push back rack over drive-in/drive-thru because it guarantees that all pick locations are full at the pick face, reducing the likelihood of fork truck damage to the system, as well as travel time.
Rack storage systems are designed to achieve specific advantages and accommodate specific needs, but only if they are planned carefully. Lift truck damage, overloading, and inadequately engineered and installed systems, account for nearly all rack system failures.
Ideally, by taking all of these factors into consideration, prioritizing them appropriately to develop the ROI you want to achieve, and then making an informed decision based on that analysis, the result will be the ideal storage situation, meeting both current and future needs.
Phelan is COO of TriFactor LLC, a material handling systems integrator based in Lakeland, FL. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.