What is a block storage system?
Block storage is the term used to describe a warehouse where stackable pallets, crates or mesh boxes are stacked on top of each other without the use of racks and other devices. In a block storage system, usually only identical items are stored per storage row in order to have direct access to each item. This type of storage is best suited for palletized goods, beverages, barrels or tires. If the block storage is only accessible from one side, the FIFO principle is difficult to apply. In such a warehouse, work must then be carried out according to the LIFO principle.
Advantages of block storage
- High degree of space utilization and area
- High flexibility - conversion of the block storage system is possible very quickly if required
- Cost savings, as the packaging materials are stacked on top of each other and no shelving is required
- Low maintenance and investment costs, due to the absence of shelves
Disadvantages of block storage
- Poor access to individual articles
- High access times, due to poorly accessible goods
- Storage not suitable for perishable goods