Push Back Racking

Each level in a Push Back Racking system holds a series of nested rolling carts which operate in a lane that slopes upwards away from the pick face. This rack acquired its name because the lift truck operator lines up in front of the first pallet and pushes against it, causing the first pallet to roll away from the pick face and expose the next cart. All carts are interlocked to prevent jamming and product damage.

Push Back Racking allows you to store multiple SKUs on different lane levels, enabling easy access. Combined with proper warehouse management, you can maintain First In First Out (FIFO) by emptying the oldest lanes first.

At Redirack, safety and stability are always top priorities. Because this type of rack deals with dynamic loads, Redirack takes care to ensure that the system is more robust than if static pallets were being used. Further, it is important to store correct cross-sections of SKUs when using a Push Back Racking system - ask us for help in reviewing your slotting plans and to explain our "Rule of Three".

   Push Back Rack - Carts & Rails

Push Back Racking - How It Works
Example: Loading and Unloading a 3-Deep Push Back Rack System

Step 1 - Each lane is equipped with a pair of inclined rails and a series of colour-coded nested carts. Here, the first pallet has been placed by the lift truck on the top of and flush with the front of the orange cart.

 Push Back Rack - Step 1

Step 2 - The second pallet is loaded by pushing back the first load and placing it on the next exposed cart - the blue cart.

Push Back Rack - Step 2 

Step 3 -Pallet three is loaded similarly although this time 2 pallet loads are being pushed back which exposes the rails at the front.

 Push Back Rack - Step 3

Step 4 - The last pallet is placed directly on the rails, allowing (in this example) for a total storage depth of 3 pallets.

 Push Back Rack - Step 4

Step 5 - When moving product, the lift truck starts by lifting the front cart high enough to clear the pallet stops or cart. Then the lift truck begins slowly withdrawing the load and regulating the flow of the remaining carts and loads towards the aisle. 

 Push Back Rack - Step 5

Step 6 - The remaining pallets are removed similarly. As each is removed, the loads in behind roll toward the aisle.

Push Back Rack - Step 6


Redirack Push Back Advantage

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At a Glance

  • Benefits & Features of Push Back Racking
    • Offers the same high density pallet storage as Drive In with much higher selectivity; 3 to 5 times the number of pick faces
    • Increased picking efficiency over Drive In racking. Pallets are all picked or placed from the main aisle without having to drive into storage lanes.
    • Significantly less honeycombing than Drive In
    • No special lift equipment required

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    Push Back Rail & Wheel Close-up

    Push Back Rack - Down Aisle Shot