Pallets. We love them—they help us get things done, they keep our items safe…and they’re kind of a pain when they’re not in use.
Even the busiest warehouses find themselves dealing with empty pallets at times, and due to their size and bulk they can be hard to re-house until they’re needed again.
If your pallet racks are finding themselves cluttered up with unused pallets that need to find a home in the meantime, then you’ve come to the right place!
The first, most immediate step should be to figure out where they’re going. A lot of places recommend storing pallet racks outside, under a tarp or cover as needed, but this might not be a viable option for warehouses that tend to face a lot harsher weather.
If you have the room indoors to stack pallet racks, consider using that space first to minimise the amount of pallets that have to stay outdoors.
Obviously, this includes the big things like uneven ground, low ceilings or overhangs that can cause further damage, but special attention needs to be paid to wherever your pallets are going to end up. Keep them away from flammables, compressed gasses, or other hazardous substances that wood is particularly sensitive to, keep other commodities a minimum of 25 feet away from your pallets, and if you’re going to be storing your excess pallets on other warehouse racking make sure your sprinkler system is specifically designed for whatever type of shelving you use.
While stacking pallets, make sure to keep everything neat, tidy, and well-organized to prevent accidents. Limit each stack to the same type, size, and shape of pallet (including what material it’s made from, ie plastic vs wood) to keep everything uniform and prevent spills. While sorting them, make sure to further divide the racks by quality, keeping an eye out for breakage, protruding nails, and the like.
If you want to maximise your pallet storage through the use of second hand or new pallet racking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0800 345 7088 or send an email to [email protected]
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