12 Feb The Ins and Outs of Warehouse Racking (Second Hand)
If you ship with Amazon then you know the pain of Prime orders and the constant sweat of fear and the question, “are they going to turn my Prime off because I didn’t ship on time?”
Warehouse racking second hand or new can be hard to find. There are a lot of consumer products in the way of search results that would matter to a business customer that says that they are, “industrial strength.” Many of them hold up to 800 lbs of weight which sounds like a lot. It sounds like a lot until you realize that you will have multiples of the product on just one shelf that will add up to be more than 800 lbs total. Sure, you might be able to get away with that size of storage space but for how long? The answer is, of course, until you grow to the size where it becomes a problem. Until that happens you can only handle small amounts of products, orders, and be able to ship them out on time. If you ship with Amazon then you know the pain of Prime orders and the constant sweat of fear and the question, “are they going to turn my Prime off because I didn’t ship on time?” If you do not have enough inventory on your shelves and that Prime order rolls in then you might find yourself out of luck.
Another major problem is a problem we talk a lot about on this site. The disconnect between how a consumer wants to talk about a product and how an industry worker talks about that same product is what causes the problem. You say something like, “warehouse racking second hand”, however, the industry calls it “pallet rack”. You are much closer than the usual searcher because you know the second half of the search. You may encounter what we talked about in the first problem because the consumer market happens to be much larger in volume than the business market. Therefore, people selling the consumer types of racking or shelving are going to try to get those last few people who happen to be searching for rack instead of shelving as a consumer.
“The used rack may be more dangerous than most things you can get as a used product as a consumer. You can have a large amount of weight coming at you from a very tall height because a rack has failed.”
You also have problems with the product itself unless you deal with a reputable company that is selling the used rack. You have to worry about the quality of the warehouse racking because it is used. Anything that could be wrong with any type of used product could be wrong with a used rack as well. The used rack may be more dangerous than most things you can get as a used product as a consumer. It is because a lot of these racks hold a lot of weight and are built with the capability to store things very high. Therefore, you can have a large amount of weight coming at you from a very tall height because a rack has failed. It is one of the reasons why dealing with a reputable company is good for you. They have, hopefully, checked the rack before you received it. They also have a name and reputation at stake which they do not want to damage. Therefore, they are going to try to do the best job possible at making sure that the rack you buy is safe. Of course, you should probably check the rack for safety yourself but having two different companies, yours and the company that currently holds the rack, look at the rack is a good idea. You or the reputable company can catch anything that might be wrong with the pallet rack before you start to use it.
Finally, it is true that you can buy a pallet rack that lacks the seismic calculations and/or testing it needs in order to get permits. If you have this problem then you can be told to remove all of your product off of the storage rack and then you will be forced to store the rack and your product. If you are in a situation where you do not have a lot of room for storage then this could be a major problem. If you run a business that deals in the food industry then this could be a massive problem because you will not be able to maintain the 6 inches off the ground that most locations require for food products. You should always ask if the warehouse racking you are going to be getting secondhand has everything it needs in order to be permitted when you start using it.
If you are looking to get warehouse racking second hand or new then click the pallet rack link there. You can also call us at 503-447-1284 in order to have us help you get the racking you need for your business.