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Drive-In Rack systems can utilize a LIFO (last in, first out) or FIFO (first in, first out) method of storing and retrieving inventory in your distribution center depending on whether it is a drive-in or drive-thru system. Depending on what kind of material or product you are working with, you will want the system that best fits your needs. With FIFO, it is better equipped to store material that has an expiration date, so that the oldest material stored is shipped first. FIFO systems allow you to easily batch products in the storage system without having to pull previously placed supplies to ensure that your oldest product is shipped first. It works by having pallets and products loaded on one side of the system, while they are picked from the opposite side. LIFO systems have one entrance, thus the last pallet or product placed in the storage system is the first pallet or product retrieved.
Drive-in rack systems utilize the LIFO storage system, easily allowing you to pick orders without having to consider how long they have been on the shelf. They are also a great way to optimize your space since you do not require multiple aisles for the same material to be able to access the storage system from two ends or both sides.
If you have multiple aisles and a product with an expiration date, then you will want to utilize the FIFO method, but if you have a single aisle or product that does not necessarily expire, then you will be able to implement the LIFO method and thus this type of rack system may be the best fit for you and your needs. Both methods are used in production and distribution systems daily, so knowing which one best meets your needs is one way we can help you find what you are looking for in a pallet rack system.
Our systems are configured in single wide rows and three wide tunnel sections and are in excellent condition: