Pallet Racking Guide – Part 2

A continuation of part 1, which introduced you to Double Deep, Narrow Aisle and Drive-In Pallet Racking systems, part 2 focuses on Selective, Push Back and Cantilever racking. The guide will once again explain each type of pallet racking system and identify its greatest advantages.

Selective Pallet Racking

Selective pallet racking is one of the most popular pallet storage systems on the market today, allowing forklift operators to access each individual pallet, without the need for specialised vehicles. While this system doesn’t offer the same level of storage space optimisation that some other pallet racking systems do, the ease and speed at which items can be placed and retrieved make it an extremely versatile and attractive storage solution for many warehouses.


  • Direct access to each pallet in the warehouse at all times; essential to warehouses that resupply on a frequent basis
  • Ability to quickly rotate stock as required
  • All storage items can be swiftly and effectively loaded and unloaded
  • Beam heights can be readily modified to suit desired height; perfect for warehouses that need to store of SKUs of multiple sizes
  • Does not require specialised forklifts
  • Pallets can be placed on the warehouse floor and still be efficiently retrieved, due to the wide aisles

Push Back Pallet Racking

With push back pallet racking, palletised items are placed onto wheeled trays of varying heights and travel back along guide lanes that extend to the full length of the racking system. Depending on the size of the system, each lane can hold up to six pallets or more, making it a highly cost effective storage solution. The lanes themselves are inclined at a slight angle so that when an item is removed from the front of the lane, the remaining items immediately shift towards the front to take its place. This way, the pallets are always at the front of the lanes.


  • Push back systems utilise the LIFO (last in, first out) system and the ability to store items at up to several pallets deep or more, make it an excellent storage option for warehouses that require long-term storage.
  • Allows businesses to enjoy the benefits of high-density storage without the need for purpose-built forklifts and handling devices
  • Each pallet racking level can be used to house a different item and each level can be quickly accessed

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking is the ideal solution for the storage of large items. It optimises storage space and ensures high-level accessibility to all items at all times. This system can be effortlessly adapted to suit each warehouses’ desired storage requirements and provides enhanced workplace efficiency and superior stock control. The remarkable simplicity of cantilever racking allows it support in excess of thirty tonnes per column or more.

The racking can either be single or double sided and can be expanded by installing additional uprights at desired distances, as required. Aside from warehouse storage, cantilever racking is perfect for retail purposes as well. Its open layout makes it very easy for prospective buyers to view the stored items. A complete absence of columns along the front face of each cantilever rack ensures items are able to deposited and retrieved with a high degree of precision.


  • Excellent solution for the storage of large and bulky items
  • Can store items without the need for pallets
  • Highly versatile; items can be placed onto racks directly, with pallets, or while wrapped together
  • Can be extended up to 30 feet or more (10 metres) in height
  • Can be expanded lengthwise to suit any size requirements
  • Single or double-sided configurations, for high-density storage of cumbersome inventory
  • Each cantilever arm is capable of supporting several tonnes or more

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