Drive-In Pallet Rack System

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Apex Drive-in pallet racking illustrationDrive-In pallet racking is a high density storage solution ideal for applications with high volumes of the same or limited SKUs. Drive-in pallet racking uses rails that run the full depth of the rack system to store pallets up to 10+ deep, eliminating the need for aisles. The forklift drives into the rack for put-a-way and retrieval.

The difference between drive-in and drive-through pallet rack is whether the system has forklift access on just one side (drive-in), or an entry on one side and exit on the opposite (drive-through). Drive-in uses last-in/first-out (LIFO) inventory rotation, while drive-through uses first-in/first-out (FIFO) rotation which is suitable for food and other perishable items with expiration dates.

Advantages | Considerations:

  • High density pallet rack system
  • Requires limited number of aisles
  • Ideal for high-volume, low-SKU applications
  • LIFO stock rotation – drive-in
  • FIFO stock rotation – drive-through
  • Systems can be underutilized as SKUs increase (honeycombing)


See it in 3D

Take a minute to check out Apex Drive-In Rack in 3D – an up close and animated look at drive-in racks in action.

Learn how it works, system components and accessories and see why drive-in racks are the leading high-density, full selectivity storage solution. And when you’re done, call the Apex team for more info.

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Drive-in pallet rack formula