Push Back Pallet Racking

For High Density Same Side Loading & Picking

Push back racking is a high-density solution designed for storing multiple products. Its selectivity and maintenance-free features make back-to-back pallet racking ideal for many warehouse environments. With this system, two to six pallets at a time can be deep stored on either side of the aisle while retaining easy access to a variety of different SKUs. This versatile system provides high throughput.


Push back racking helps to make the best use of warehouse space without slowing product rotation or increasing handling time. It provides versatility and storage and can be integrated with automated systems for a robust, custom storage system to meet your needs.


Last-In, First-Out Racking


Push back pallet racking supports last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory management due to the last pallet loaded into the lane is the first pallet unloaded.


Push back racking systems can utilize shuttles or roller components:


  • Push back with shuttles: The forklift operator loads each pallet onto a shuttle. The shuttle moves along the inclined rails.
  • Push back with rollers: When the forklift operator loads the pallets, roller beds move the pallets along the incline.


Lane depth varies by application, with the minimum being 2 pallets and the maximum being 6 pallets deep. Our team of engineers and consultants will help you select the appropriate lane depth for your warehouse operation based on an in-depth inventory analysis, pallet throughput and capacity requirements.


How Do Push Back Racking Systems Work?


The push back racking system has inclined rails and nesting carts set on the rails. To load, each pallet is placed on a free-rolling carriage and then “pushed back” by subsequent pallet loading, exposing the next cart. Each pallet on the rack sits on a new cart, and the previous pallets are pushed back.


To unload, gravity moves the pallets gently forward to the aisle, so no reaching or equipment driving into the rack is necessary. When the forklift operator removes the pallet in the picking position, the next pallet behind it takes the previous pallet’s position. This process is repeated with each pallet until the lane is empty.


Each level or lane is independently accessible, requiring fewer aisles and forklifts are needed. Loading and picking are done from the same side for LIFO inventory retrieval. Due to the volume of push back pallet positions certain systems, some push back systems will have multiple aisles.


Benefits of Push Back Racking


Push back systems offer many advantages, including:


  • High density storage: Push back racking increases a warehouse’s storage capacity compared to double deep or standard pallet racks. Facilities can gain up to 90% more storage space than traditional selective pallet racking. Storage density is also increased up to 35% since push back racks eliminate an upright at every pallet position.
  • Fast loading: Push back racks make the loading and unloading process faster compared to Drive In racking. Due to pallets automatically moving to the picking position, forklift operators do not need to reach into the racking. Forklifts also do not enter the structure’s aisle, reducing maneuvering time.
  • Enhanced safety: Many warehouse push back racks have safety systems in place to control and brake loads. These mechanisms reduce the safety risks of shuttle and roller systems.
  • Save space: High density storage such as push back racks store palletized loads efficiently and save space.
  • Improved stock rotation: Push back racks improve stock rotation and occupancy. The LIFO system uses the same aisle for loading and unloading single-SKU storage since each level stores a different product.
  • Load stability: Side-by-side pallet handling keeps the load stable while improving safety and efficiency.
  • Maintenance-free: The sturdy construction of push back racking delivers years of maintenance-free operations.


Push Pallet Racking Applications


Push back racks can be used in any warehouse facility looking to increase its storage capacity. This racking system is compatible with extreme environments, such as freezers and coolers, and operators can use a standard forklift for loading and unloading.


Ideal push back applications are those:


  • Requiring storage for several products since each lane stores a unique SKU.
  • Needing storage for five or more pallets per SKU.
  • Storing nonperishable products or products with a long expiration date.


Push back racks can also be combined with other racking solutions.


LIFO racking is ideal for many industries, including:


Push Back Pallet Racking in Distribution Center

Increase storage density for LIFO applications with Push Back racking.

Other Racking Solutions

Contact Us About Warehouse Push Back Racks


Push back racking offers the optimal combination of selectivity and storage density. Warehouse push back racks designed and implemented by Twinlode Automation help warehouses improve productivity through efficient storage. We have several years of experience with push back systems and other pallet rack solutions. Twinlode Automation also offers professional services for implementation, design, and consultation.


Contact us online for more information about push back pallet racking.