Product Handling & Storage Guide

Stop Manhandling Material. Move It Efficiently & Safely Instead:

Using the wrong equipment to move products in, out, and around your facility costs you time, and that time adds up quickly.

Don't forget the injuries and product damage that can result, too. This doesn't have to be the case. Having the right products and systems in place, and training your team to use them, are the best ways to ensure speedy, smooth, and safe material handling at your facility.

Pallet Jacks, Hand Trucks, Carts and More.

Pallet jacks, hand trucks, and carts can make easy work of moving inventory, supplies, and prepared orders into, around, and out of your facility. While you may have one or more of these pieces of equipment, they each bring different advantages and which one you pick for a task depends on the size and weight of the item or items to be moved, and where they're going. Knowing the differences between each piece of equipment can help you decide.

Which One is Right For The Job?

Consider these features when deciding whether a hand truck, pallet jack, or cart is a better fit for what you need to move.

Product Base Type Load Size Range What They're Used For
Hand Truck Plate 275 - 1,200 lbs Yes
Platform Truck Deck 1,000 - 2,000 lbs Yes
Tugger Hitch 1,500 - 5,000 lbs Yes
Pallet Jack Forks 2,200 - 5,000 lbs Yes
Cart Shelf Various No

Note: A forklift is best for pallet loads exceeding 5,000 pounds, Trying to move a load heavier then the max rated capacity on any of these continuously is not only bad for your equipment, but it is dangerous and puts your employees at risk. You might choose the heavier duty equipment if you need to move a log of loads quickly and at max weight.

From Mess to Success: Storage and Shelving to Tame Your Space.

You've moved inventory, supplies, and other materials off the truck and into your facility's staging area — now what?

Having the right storage and shelving options ensures these products end up where you need them, when you need them, and are protected from damage, theft, and loss. Knowing your options can help your team pick the storage and shelving that not only meets your needs today, but can grow along with your business.

Pallet Racking

Pallet Racking

Designed to hold palletized material, these durable, heavy-gauge steel systems can be adjusted based on the size of materials you're storing. Uprights and beams provide the height and width of the assembly, while decking, cross bars, and dividers offer additional stability and support for a variety of pallets, boxes, and storage bins and containers.

Shelving & Cabinets

Shelving & Cabinets

Store boxes, bins, and standalone goods on shelving or in cabinets. Open units afford easy access and visibility while closed units add security. Think strategically when choosing shelves: Wire shelves offer airflow, while solid shelves can contain spills and help keep items upright. High density storage units save on space and allow for faster and more accurate order picking.

Bins, Totes, and Containers

Bins, Totes, and Containers

Storage systems are often incomplete without an additional layer of containment. Not only does this help with organization, it enables pickers and other team members to easily find what they need. Storing goods in bins, totes, and containers also can protect products from environmental damage, loss, and contain spills or breakage.

Labels & Label Holders

Labels & Label Holders

Proper labeling of shelves is critical for efficient and accurate picking. Ensure labels are applied consistently across the facility, and that they are placed in the same spot on each unit of storage. Remove or sufficiently cover old labels to avoid confusion and scanning errors.


One Bin, Many Uses

The jack-of-all trades storage bin finds purpose across your facility. Here's a look at how bins can be used at each step of the order fulfillment process.


Nested for easy stroage, bins stay tucked away until you need them.


Pickers remove inventory from the shelved bins and plae it into bins that correspond with orders being fullfilled.


Crew members transport the filled bins to storage, where inventory is moved from the transport bins to bins already on the shelves.


The packing team removes inventory from pickers' bins, compiles orders, and places those packges in a new bin that will travel to the shipment staging area.


When the truck rolls in, bins are ready to collect inventory as it is unpacked.

Expert Tip:

Use 5S and critical inventory management practices to optimize your facility for quick picking. Store fast-moving inventory at the front of the warehouse in easy-to-reach spots and locate slow-moving inventory further back and higher up to make the best use of your footprint.

Think Outside the Box for Packing It: Packing Supplies

Order fulfillment can feel like a marathon, and these days the pace is picking up with no finish line in sight. We can't slow down the supply chain, but we can provide ideas and products to help you keep orders moving out as fast as they're coming in.

Create a Dedicated Workspace

Designate a location for packing activity that has enough space and the right supplies needed. This is essential to proper inventory management, as it can improve efficiency and help you fulfill orders faster. Your packing stationcan be customized with power, task lighting, monitor and fan mounts, as well as storage reels, bins, shelves, and cabinets. Choose an adjustable-height model so your setup is flexible as your needs change.


Need to seal cartons? Shrink wrap pallets? Weigh a heavy load? There's a solution for every need to get the job done with carton sealing and stretch wrap machines, heat guns, as well as a range of scales. Don't forget bag sealers, barcode scanners, dispensers for labels, rolls and tape, along with carton staplers, bag inflators, and more.

Packing Supplies

From boxes and shipping crates to envelopes, mailers, and protective packaging, Global Industrial® has you covered. Remember to stock up on tape, staples, labels, and barcodes to ensure you never run out, which can lead to unexpected delays and customer service issues.

Pick Your Pallet

Pallets aren't only for storage. If your business ships palletized materials, it's important to know your options to ensure safe transport from your facility to your customers.


Pallet Racking

48" x 40"

The most common option. Used to transport and store a wide range of materials.

Shelving & Cabinets

42" x 42"

Often used for telecom or paint and coating storage and transport.

Bins, Totes, and Containers

48" x 48"

Perfect for shipping larger items or boxes

Shipping & Storage Type



Featuring bottom runners and frames to stack multiple loaded pallets, reducing your storage and shipping footprint.



Fits inside one another for easy storage when they're not in use. Ideal for operations where storage space is at a premium.



Designed to safely move large and heavy drums of oil, chemicals, and other liquids.




The most popular pallet material.



Long lasting, easy to clean, and resists insect & rot.



Offers the strength of plastic while being recyclable.



When durability and fire resistance is important, look to metal pallets. Choose from lightweight aluminum and heftier steel options.

Buy or Rent Pallets?

Renting may make sense for operations that rarely use pallets but owning them has advantages:

  • No need to return the pallets after use, taking any time off your to-do list.
  • Get the job done faster for extra-large orders or moving larger equipment.
  • Avoid surprise fees and other costs associated from procuring pallets at the last minute.

Safety First:

Procedure changes and equipment upgrades that don't keep worker safety in mind aren't doing you any good… and may be doing you bad?

Workplace injuries offset gains in efficiency and erode trust in your organization from within. Thinking critically and broadly about safety concerns when making any procedure or equipment change can reduce the risk of injuries on the job, letting your operation reap the full benefits of the improvements you're making. Keep these considerations in mind:

  • Do you have fall protection in place for workers moving material at heights or near dangerous equipment or holes?
  • Are workers protecting their feet from rolling carts and other equipment by wearing steel-toed shoes?
  • Is your team using correct cut protection processes and equipment when opening boxes?
  • Do you have the right safety equipment for your loading docks?
  • Do you have signage and warning systems to keep pedestrians and industrial trucks protected?


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