As you’re aware, even the simplest pallet rack projects have a lot of moving parts, so keeping things as simple and relaxed as possible is a good thing.

Below you’ll find some of the things that I’ve learned in my career to ensure that your rack installations go smoothly.

  • Check Your Delivery Options. Is there a loading dock? If so, are there specific times your customer will let you deliver? If not, are they equipped to accept and unload a flatbed?
  • Review the Building Condition. If the building is older or the concrete floor looks abused or off-kilter having some extra shims available is probably a good idea.
  • Inventory After Delivery. Yes, it’s no fun and yes it takes time. But better to do a quick count in front than to have installers on the clock standing around because you don’t have the ordered row spacers.
  • Prepare the Installation Area. Make sure that your customer gets ready for the project by setting aside a staging area for the material and having the floor in the installation area free of debris.
  • Anticipate Small Problems. Having an extra box of concrete wedge anchors knocking around is cheap and can prevent delays if extras are needed or your installers lose some. If used equipment is part of the project, a box of J-pins will come in handy to replace any missing beam locks.

If you have any lessons-learned that you’ve gained through experience, I’d love to have you share them with me. Just shoot me an email at and if I get enough new tips, I’ll draft an additional blog post and give you credit for your contribution.