Push Back Pallet Racking

Push back pallet racking is a high-density storage solution for warehouses that want to optimize their storage space. Push back pallet racks store pallets between two and six deep on both sides of an aisle. It is ideal for warehouses with limited storage space. 

One of the main benefits of push back racking is that it has just one loading and unloading area at the front of the structure. 

Push back pallet racks store pallets on wheeled carts arranged in stacks on inclined storage rails. To load the system, a pallet is placed on the top cart. Subsequently, a forklift pushes the pallet to the back of the rack, revealing a cart beneath it. The process continues until all carts are used, with the final pallet resting on the rails. As pallets are removed, the rear pallets automatically move forward to fill the newly empty front position.

Types and Features of Push Back Pallet Racking

Push back racks with shuttles use shuttles that move on rails with a slight incline within the racking system. As a pallet is loaded onto the shuttle, the shuttle pushes it back into the racking system, and when it is retrieved, it pulls the pallet forward to the front of the racking system.

Push back racks with rollers use rollers mounted on the structure with a slight incline. As a pallet is loaded onto the rollers, it slides back into the racking system. It is less automated than push back racks with shuttles, so the operator will manually load and unload pallets.


  • Load Capacity: Has a maximum load capacity of 2,500 lbs. per pallet but can be designed for higher load ratings for heavy-duty applications.
  • Layout Options (Bases, Columns, Arms, Bracing): Can be designed to meet the specific needs of your warehouse.
  • Dimensions (Length, Height, Width): These depend on the warehouse facility's dimension, but a typical push back rack is 16′ or 20′ tall.
  • Material: High-quality hot-rolled steel.
  • Design: Designed to store multiple pallets of the same SKU, and forklifts do not need to enter the racks.
  • Compliance with Industry Standards: Meets all applicable industry standards. 
  • Price Range: A push back system can cost anything from $200 upwards. 

Benefits and Application of Push Back Pallet Racking

  • The system is optimally used for LIFO (last in, first out) storage
  • Increase storage density up to 100%
  • High-density storage utilizes warehouse space with fewer aisles
  • A larger number of SKUs can be efficiently stored
  • Gravity flow pallet picking system
  • Carts with wheels allow pallets to easy flow downward to the picking position
  • Low profile, nesting cart system allows for maximum storage height
  • Each lane and each level operate independently
  • Commonly configured 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 pallets deep in each lane (12 for back-to-back rows)
  • Quick, immediate access to every product
  • Quick and easy loading and unloading of pallets
  • Faster and safer than drive-in style racks
  • Forklifts never have to enter the system, decreasing the chances of rack damage
  • Specialized lift trucks are not required 

Installation and Maintenance 

  • Place pallet rack loads properly; don’t mix load weights within a single lane. 
  • Inspect your push back pallet rack at least once a year by an independent racking company to ensure compliance with all regulations.
  • Keep it clean to prevent corrosion and other damages.
  • Use appropriate safety equipment while handling.

Push Back Racking Accessories and Customization 

You can customize your push back pallet racking system to suit your needs and optimize your storage and warehouse operations. Accessories include pallet guides, profiles, and backstops to prevent material damage and enhance safety of the workers.

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