Push Back Pallet Racking

Push back pallet racking is a type of storage system used in warehouses that allows pallets to be stored on either side of an aisle and creates a higher-density storage solution than traditional pallet racking.

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High-Density Storage

Increased Efficiency

Better Stock Management

What Are Push Back Pallet Racking Systems?

A push back pallet racking system uses a forklift to load a pallet into a bay causing existing stored pallets to be pushed backwards. When the pallet at the front is removed, the one behind automatically rolls to the front.


  • Improved efficiency
  • Reduced risk of product damage
  • Cost-effective storage
  • Quick and easy access
  • Effective for bulk and cold storage
  • Ideal for stock with predictable storage
Push Back Pallet Racking Systems Diagram

Push back pallet racking specifications will vary based on the specific needs of the warehouse but generally include:

  • Dimensions – push back racking systems are designed to accommodate standard pallet sizes, although they can be customised for different pallet dimensions.
  • Heights – the height of a push back pallet racking system can vary greatly depending on the ceiling height of the warehouse and the reach capability of the material handling equipment.
  • Lane Width Designed to suit the pallets to allow for easy placement and retrieval allowing forklifts or pallet movers to manoeuvre between.
  • Load Capacity – the materials used for the construction will result in the weight capacity of the system overall and each push back racking system can be created for your company’s requirements.

Push back pallet racking can be equipped with a variety of accessories to enhance functionality, safety and efficiency. Some of these accessories include:

  • Row Spacers – these connect back to back rows of racks for extra stability and consistent spacing.
  • Cart and Rail Components – additional carts or replacement rail components can be bought for maintenance and to expand the system’s capabilities.
  • Labelling and Signage – having correct labels and signage for safe and efficient operation is essential. They can indicate weight capacities, loading instructions and safety warnings

Benefits of Push Back Racking Systems

Improved Warehouse Storage Efficiency

Push back racking systems significantly enhance warehouse efficiency by enabling pallets to be loaded and unloaded from the same side, allowing for quicker and more direct forklift access to pallets.

Risk of Product Damage Reduced

Since forklifts do not have to enter racking lanes, there is significantly less chance of collisions damaging the racks or stored goods. This aspect is crucial for warehouses storing fragile or high-value items. The pallets are also less likely to shift or fall, as they are securely nested on carts or rails.

Cost-Effective Warehouse Storage Alternative

Due to their high-density design, push back racking systems are a highly cost-effective storage solution as they allow storage of pallets up to several deep, maximising the use of warehouse space. Quicker loading and unloading, combined with decreased forklift travel, contribute to overall operational cost savings and the durability reduces long-term maintenance and replacement expenses.

Quick and Easy Access

Each lane in push back racking systems can be accessed independently, allowing warehouse staff to retrieve specific pallets without rearranging or moving others. This feature is particularly beneficial in scenarios where quick access to various SKUs is essential. This enhanced accessibility reduces picking errors and improves inventory management.

Effective for Bulk and Cold Storage

Push back pallet racking systems are ideal for storing large quantities of similar products with the same storage needs. In cold storage facilities, where air conditioning and refrigeration costs are high, storing large and dense products together reduces the area to be cooled, saving on energy costs.

Ideal for Stock with Predictable Storage

Push back racking operates on a LIFO inventory system, making it ideal for products with longer shelf lives or predictable turnover rates. Goods that don’t require immediate dispatch are easily stored and accessed when needed on push back pallet racking, reducing labour costs and minimising time spent on inventory management.

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