The Different Types of Industrial Shelving Systems

Designed to either display or hold goods, shelving systems are essential items that enable you to make maximum use of your space and increase the productivity. If you work in a warehouse or own one, I am sure you are aware of the huge importance that warehouse storage systems have in the business efficiency. Therefore, instead of placing the products on top of each other and creating unwanted mess that sometimes can be hard to clean up and can even cause unwanted injuries, rely on space saving industrial shelving systems.

Once you decide that you want to implement a storage system in your warehouse, do your research to find a system that will suit both your needs and budget. Take a look at the various different types of industrial shelving systems, I hope you will find the right solution for you.


  • Drive-in Pallet Racks are a very efficient and affordable way to maximize storage capabilities. They are constructed in a way that forklifts can move through the aisles and continue stocking and adding additional pallets. These shelving systems are most commonly used for LIFO (Last In, First Out) storage.

  • Push Back Racks are most suitable for storing products while enabling inventory rotation. These shelving systems increase the visibility of products making it easier for you to select and take out specific items. Moreover, just like drive in pallet racks, push back systems also allow for LIFO inventory management but they may not be ideal for FIFO (First In, First Out) management.

  • Pallet Flow Racks are shelving systems that operate on a FIFO inventory management and enable easier inventory rotation. These systems increase the selectivity of inventory and work great with perishable products.

  • Cantilever Racks are one of the most unique free-standing systems with an available front access. They can be modified to withstand different weights and product sizes and also work well with non-uniformed items like bar, pipe building materials etc.

  • Carton Flow Racks are a great storage space solution for inventories that operate by FIFO management. They use a rear load design which allows for easy inventory management. Unlike other industrial shelving systems, carton flow racks automatically rotate products by design, allowing for maximum storage organization and efficiency.

  • Selective Pallet Racks are one of the most common shelving solutions as they are very practical and cost-efficient. They operate exceptionally well with FIFO inventory management and can accommodate a wide variety of forklifts and other machinery in the aisles. However, due to their low cost, they offer the lowest pallet storage capacity from all other types of shelving systems.