Warehouse Racking Systems

Drive-In & Drive-Through Racking

Drive-in or drive-through racking is ideal if you’re looking for a very economical, bulk storage system for like-products. Both systems will optimise available space in terms of height and area by storing pallets back-to-back and floor-to-ceiling. Along with support provided for each pallet, there are continual rails running the depth of the system to assist the pallet into position and retrieve from position.

Whilst both systems are a cost-effective solution to the requirement of high density storage which maximises warehouse space considerably and effectively, there are some differences between the two which would need to be considered when deciding on the best system to suit your particular warehouse operations.

Drive-in pallet racking – gives access to just one side of the aisle, so it operates on a first in, last out (FILO) basis. For those not prioritising stock rotation, drive in racking is an ideal solution.

Drive-through pallet racking – gives access to both aisles, so you can use a first in, first out (FIFO) stock rotation system which is ideal for perishable products.

Drive through pallet racking system
Drive in & drive through pallet racking system for fruit supplier
Drive in & drive through pallet racking system

Smart Design


Drive-in and drive-through racking is designed to provide optimal use of space by allowing pallets to be stored across multiple rows and on multiple levels within the compact structure. The pallets are stored in a systemised bottom to top, back to front sequence and to achieve this, the fork lift truck will enter the lanes to reach the furthest point. Drive-in pallet racking uses the same aisle for loading and picking whereas drive through will have a fork lift truck loading on one side and another retrieving on the other side, which works well if stock rotation is required.

Who uses Drive-In & Drive-Through pallet racking?


This system works well in many storage facilities, including cold storage environments such as frozen or refrigerated warehouses, as it is highly compact there is less empty space to keep cold therefore it helps in lowering running costs.

It is also good for seasonal or pressure sensitive goods as the pallets can be kept deep in the rows for a long period of time until needed, so its well suited to low turnover products with a high number of pallets per SKU. If goods are fragile and delicate the system provides high density storage keeping the safe from potential damage.

Is Drive-in or Drive-through racking right for your business?


Drive-in or drive-through racking is just one of many compact pallet racking systems to choose from so to ensure you make the right choice why not call WSL today? Our design technician will visit you at your site to discuss your requirements and provide a free site survey followed by drawn up plans and quotation. If drive-in or drive-through pallet racking isn’t quite what you’re looking for we can discuss alternative compact pallet racking options including shuttle racking, mobile racking or pallet live racking.

The benefits

Drive-In & Drive-Through Racking?


Store High Volumes Economically

This type of racking eliminates the need for several aisles between the racking, so you can use up to 85% of your floor space for storage.

Minimise the Risk of Damage

Drive-in and drive-through racking presents a significantly lower risk of damage to pallets than block stacking, while being almost as high density. Using truck and pallet guidance can minimise this further.

Manage Retrieval Times

Drive-in racking is relatively slow for retrieval. However, self-centring rails can be fitted to the racks to position pallets automatically. Pallets can then be picked immediately without any need to realign them.

Use Conventional Forklifts

You can keep costs to a minimum by using conventional forklifts with this kind of racking.
Why choose wsl?

What Sets Us Apart

Our dedicated and experienced team will take time to understand your goals and asses your needs. Our extensive market knowledge and practical experience enables us to design and develop a bespoke system that is as unique as your business. Here at WSL we aim to maximise your available space and increase productivity through creating innovative and ‘outside the box’ solutions. Our commitment to excellence, our portfolio and our recommendations provide our customers with confidence in our ability to deliver solutions that are not only superior, but very cost-effective. Our in-house services simplify the process from design to installation by giving you just one port of call. By continuing to remain independent across the whole market we commit to providing our valued customers with the highest quality and – wherever possible – British products, all at competitive prices. We aim to fit our pallet rack systems with as little inconvenience to our clients as possible, using highly experienced fitters overseen by qualified project managers.

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