Posts tagged ‘warehouse solutions’

Which Pallet Racking System is Right for You?

April 26th, 2021  | 
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There are many different warehouse storage systems, and almost all of them use pallet racking in one way or another. Pallet racking is a set of upright frames and beams to keep products safely stored in boxes or pallets. There are five common types of pallet racking. Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of each one.  

Drive-In/Drive-Thru Pallet Racking  

Drive-In/Drive-Thru pallet racking systems allow forklift operators to deliver and retrieve product from only one side, otherwise known as Last-In-First-Out (LIFO), or deliver product on one side and retrieve from the other, known as First-In-First-Out (FIFO).   

 Advantages of Drive-In/Drive-Thru Pallet Racking:  

  • Simple set up  
  • Efficient   

Disadvantages of Drive-In/Drive-Thru Pallet Racking:  

  • No easy access to internal pallets  
  • It cannot be easily modified to accommodate larger or smaller pallets  
  • A challenging operating environment for forklift drivers  

Selective Pallet Racking  

Selective pallet racking systems feature either single or double deep racking.   

Advantages of single deep pallet racking:  

  • Flexible and low cost  
  • Accessible from every angle  
  • Great for companies with many SKUs  

Disadvantages of single deep pallet racking:  

  • Poor space utilization  
  • Need forklifts to access vertical storage   

Double deep racking is for companies who value storage density over access.   

Advantages of double deep pallet racking:  

  • Comparable in cost to single deep racking  
  • Better space utilization  

Disadvantages of double deep pallet racking:  

  • Requires additional labor to access pallets trapped in the middle  
  • Requires forklifts with double deep attachments  

Pallet Flow Racking   

Pallet Flow Racking uses a rail or conveyor system to store pallets 20 or more deep. The typical configuration feeds pallets in one end and retrieves pallets from the other.   

Advantage of pallet flow racking:  

  • Provides the density of FIFO storage usually only possible with drive-thru systems, without the challenges of driving into the rack system   

Disadvantages of pallet flow racking:   

  • More expensive than single deep or drive-thru racking systems  
  • Requires quality pallets to prevent product damage  

Pushback Pallet Racking 

Pushback Pallet Racking uses carts installed in the racks to provide high storage density. This type of system can store pallets up to six deep.   


  • Provides deep storage for medium turnover products   


  • More expensive than other warehouse storage systems   

Cantilever Pallet Racking 

Cantilever Pallet Racking is a custom racking system explicitly designed for the products they support. This system is for furniture, lumber companies, and other facilities with large, cumbersome products.   


  • Custom built for your specific needs  


  • Most expensive option  

Changing your warehouse storage or pallet racking system requires forethought and planning. Let our team of experienced material handling experts design the proper warehouse storage and distribution system for your unique needs.     

Want more information about optimizing your warehouse with Toyota? Our Systems Solutions Manager Jim Huffman explains the process and answers the most common questions here.     

Much More Than Forklifts – Material Handling Solutions

March 31st, 2021  | 
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We do more than just rent, sell and service forklifts. We are full-service suppliers of material handling and logistical solutions. Simply put, we have the equipment, people, and expertise to help you maximize productivity and improve your bottom line. You may not know all we offer, so read on to learn seven ways we can help your business beyond forklifts.   

1. Get a complimentary warehouse and pallet position analysis. 

Optimize your warehouse space with a complimentary warehouse and pallet position analysis. Our experienced team of Storage and Automated Systems professionals analyze your warehouse and provide solutions to maximize your pallet storage and productivity, and ultimately — your bottom line.  

Click here for two examples of the thorough complimentary analysis we provide to maximize the efficiency of your racking design, equipment selection, and overall operation. 

2. Get help with pallet racking and other storage and automated systems. 

Everyone wants to increase efficiency. Our experts will conduct a complimentary pallet storage analysis and help with the re-design, purchase, or installation of pallet racking and other storage and automated systems. 

3. We’re your dealer for Kärcher industrial scrubbers and sweepers. 

Keep your facility clean and sanitized with industrial scrubbers and sweepers. Kärcher is the world’s leading provider of efficient, resource-conserving cleaning systems, known for their performance, innovation, and quality. 

4. We’re your one-stop-shop for Columbia electric utility vehicles. 

Get around faster with a multi-use electric utility vehicle. Columbia has one of the most expansive electric vehicle product line-ups in the world, producing electric utility vehicles for private, commercial, and industrial use. 

We carry models that move from one to 14 people, carry up to 6,000 pounds, tow up to 14,000 pounds and travel up to 18 miles per hour. 

5. Buy or rent aerial platforms and boom lifts. 

Reach higher with an aerial platform or boom lift. We have you covered with models from AICHI and JLG. Our inventory features built-to-last scissor lifts, telehandlers, vertical mast lifts, and boom lifts that are the perfect blend of strength, versatility, and smart technology. 

Whether you want to rent or buy your aerial lift, you can count on us for quality equipment to get the job done.  

6. Design a new or existing warehouse space.  

Let our team of experienced material handling experts design the right warehouse storage and distribution system for your unique needs.   

Want more information about optimizing your warehouse with Toyota? Our Systems Solutions Manager Jim Huffman explains the process and answers the most common questions here.   

7. Get forklift safety training.  

Make sure your forklift operators are OSHA compliant. Let our experts train your operators. Our forklift training is mostly online; the short hands-on portion occurs in the parking lot of our Santa Fe Springs headquarters. 

Got questions about training? Click here to read our blog post with answers to common questions about forklift safety training. 

As you can see, our services extend far beyond simply renting, selling, and servicing forklifts. No matter what material handling need might arise, we’ve got you covered. 

Optimizing Your Warehouse with Toyota

June 25th, 2020  | 
Resource Center/BLOGSystems & Automation

By: Jim Huffman, Systems Solutions Manager for Toyota Material Handling Solutions. Jim is responsible for the company’s racking and shelving, systems design, and automation sales and installation efforts.

In today’s environment, many companies are rethinking the way they do business. The new process might look like buying or renting a new building or reconfiguring an existing warehouse space. But what if the perfect solution is something you might not have thought about? That’s where we come in. Let our team of experienced material handling experts design the right warehouse storage and distribution system for your unique needs.   

We get a lot of questions about the process of optimizing your warehouse with Toyota. I’ve answered the most common questions here, but if you have a question I haven’t answeredemail me, and I’ll get back to you right away.   

What is the first step in the process? 

Since every business and warehouse has unique applications and requirements, the first step is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of your storage and material handling needs so we can see your operation in action and, most importantly, hear what’s important to you. 

What is involved in a comprehensive analysis?  

Our experienced team of Storage and Automated Systems professionals will analyze your warehouse and provide solutions to maximize your pallet storage and productivity; and ultimately — your bottom line.   

What kind of information will I receive back from Toyota? 

Here are two examples of the comprehensive analysis we provide to maximize the efficiency of your racking design, equipment selection, and overall operation. 

Can you help us find and transform unused or underutilized space? 

Getting the most out of warehouse space is our specialty! For example, if you have the unused ceiling height, adding a high-quality mezzanine can transform underutilized overhead space to help create additional storage or office space for improved workflow and productivity. 

What happens after the comprehensive analysis? 

Our engineering and design specialists will develop a CAD drawing that identifies the most effective way to layout your facility and factor existing material handling equipment into the plans.  

Who secures the permits?

Toyota Material Handling Solutions will secure all necessary permits on your behalf. 

Who will be the lead on the project? 

My team and I will oversee the project through all steps, from the design to installation. 

How much does my team need to be involved?  

Our goal is to provide a turnkey solution, so the project, however big or small, is low stress for you and your team. 

What if we need to update our fleet with new equipment? 

For projects where we will replace existing lift trucks with new equipment, our sales account managers will assist in selecting the right equipment for your application, needs, and budget. In addition to Toyota warehouse products, including reach trucksorder pickersstackers, and electric pallet trucks, we also carry multi-directional CombiLift and AisleMaster forklifts. 

What about racks and shelving? 

We have those, too! Whether you need selective, double deep, drive-in, push back, cantilever, pallet or case flow structures, or archive racking systems, Toyota Material Handling Solutions is your one-stop source for pallet rack and heavy-duty shelving.  

Our budget is tight. Do you have used options?  

Since we understand that everyone’s budget is different, we carry both new and re-conditioned options. 

What if we need docks and doors? 

Our warehouse solutions specialists will evaluate your facility, and provide recommendations for highquality dock levelers, dock plates, dock boards, vehicle restraints, dock seals and shelters, and commercial doors, including steel and rubber. To keep loading dock equipment working at their best and to resolve any breakdowns or issues, we have mobile fleet of factory-trained dock and door technicians available 24/7. 

Do you provide recommendations on lighting, too? 

Yes! Many companies don’t realize lighting can account for as much as 80% of its energy bill. Toyota Material Handling Solutions can assess your existing installation and provide solutions to optimize your warehouse lighting to save you money. 

How do we get started?  

We’re ready to design the right warehouse storage and distribution system for your unique needs. Contact me to schedule a warehouse systems, dock and door, or lighting consultation and optimize your warehouse today.