We’re sure it’s happened to you at some point in your life. You’ll need to purchase something — maybe for your warehouse, maybe something for your home — and you spend hours researching which one is the best one. Maybe you research a little at a time over many weeks, taking time to let the information soak in and reassess your exact needs. After all of this research, you’re finally ready to buy…only to discover that what you need has a month-long backorder. Maybe it’s out of stock because it’s new, or maybe everyone else read the same article you did and determined that it was the best option for them, too. But it still doesn’t change the fact that you were ready, but the supplier wasn’t.
Now let’s talk about pallet racking systems. If you’ve done your research and found exactly what you need, you don’t want to call up your industrial shelving supplier and find out that what you need is out of stock and might not be in for weeks…if it ever comes in at all.
Today we’re going to take a look at why it’s so important to work with a warehouse supplier who has the pallet racks and warehouse supplies in-stock and ready to ship at a moment’s notice. Who knows, you might end up getting just what you need tomorrow. Maybe even today if you’re close enough!
You Have Inventory Coming In
There are quite a few reasons why a warehouse can’t wait weeks for backordered pallet rack systems, and the primary one is inventory. If you have no pallet racks in place in your warehouse when the delivery truck arrives, where is it going to go? You could store it outside, but then what’s the point of a warehouse? The weather could destroy it, depending on what you sell.
You might be able to temporarily store it on the warehouse floor, but then you run into three more problems:
- The warehouse floor can only hold so many pallet racks, since warehouses are meant to be used vertically as much as horizontally.
- Any pallets that are on the floor are just going to get in the way when your racks do arrive, making it much more difficult to have racking systems installed.
- Putting the pallets on the floor means you’ll just have to take time and energy to move them twice: once into the warehouse, and then again after the racks are installed.
But wait, why buy the inventory if you don’t yet have a place to put it? The fact is, sometimes a deal is just too good to pass up. If you get the opportunity to purchase a large quantity of products at pennies on the dollar, you can’t afford to pass it up just because you’re low on pallet racks. When you order from DAK Equipment and engineering, the racking systems we have in stock can be delivered and set up by our crew in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Of course, there are also situations when you’ll order your product and know that it won’t arrive for three weeks. If your industrial pallet racks are back-ordered for a month, you suddenly have a big problem on your hands.
You Have Robotics On The Way
As we discussed in this article, robotics are the way of the future when it comes to warehouse layout and management. If you have your robotics on the way but no racks for them to work with — they’re not going to work with your old pallet racks (or an empty warehouse!) — they’re just going to sit in the box and you have to wait for the racking system you ordered to get back in stock.
You Need Pallet Racks In Place…
…before everything else shows up. Warehouses are far more than just pallet racking systems. There are conveyor systems to install, mezzanine decks to construct, modular offices to assemble, and materials handling systems to get in place. But you can’t get those up and running until your pallet racks are in place. Since they’ll be taking up the bulk of your space, you have to get those in place before anything else.
If you have to wait on your pallet rack system to get back in stock at the distributor, it’s likely that your entire warehouse redesign is going to be put on hold. Do you want that? Of course not, because…
You Have Business To Do!
Internet shopping has made people more impatient than ever. In their day-to-day lives they’re accustomed to getting free shipping on just about everything, and that everything often gets to their mailbox in about two days.
That impatience has probably affected you as well, because customers want it now! They don’t want to hear anything from you like, “Things are pretty disorganized in the warehouse right now because our pallet racks didn’t come in on time.” But if you’re sitting around waiting on your pallet racks to show up and having to juggle your inventory, you’re going to have to make excuses to your customers.
The fact is, you’re probably impatient, too. You don’t want to wait on your pallet rack…you want to get them in your warehouse and get back to business. It’s understandable, which is why we keep so many in-stock warehouse products at the ready when you call.
In-Stock Does Not Mean “It Will Be Here Soon”
When you’re looking for pallet rack systems, it’s important to remember just how important in-stock really is. In-stock means that we have it on-hand and ready to go. If something is backordered — even if it means that it’s scheduled to be in in just a few days — there’s no guarantee that it’s actually going to get to you on time.
When you’re looking for warehouse equipment, nobody in the Midwest beats DAK Equipment and Engineering. We’re not just waiting around for our suppliers to get the racks to us; we have what you need in-stock so that you can order it and have it delivered in record time. If you need pallet racks now, we’re your supplier. Give us a call today to find exactly what you need!