Selective Pallet Rack

Pallet Racking is a material handling storage system whereby horizontal beams attach to upright frames to create industrial pallet shelving. Pallets of product are then placed on the horizontal racking shelves and accessed by forklifts.

Selective pallet racking is the most common, most versatile, and generally, the most cost-effective storage rack system used in warehouses/distribution centers, storage rooms, and even some big-box retail stores like Home Depot and Costco. We call this type of storage rack system “selective” because it allows direct access to the pallet loads, meaning you can select any pallet from the racking system without having to move other pallets.


  • Selective pallet racks are extremely versatile and can be used across a variety of storage applications.
  • The simple design consists of just three major components (uprights, beams, and baseplates), which allows for the utilization of the pallet racks in a multitude of ways. You can easily modify your storage racks by adding other components.
  • These racking systems can reach vertical heights up to 40 feet or stoop as low as four feet to use as a display or workbench.
  • Selective pallet rack systems provide easier accessibility for all products, allowing for faster inventory turnover.
  • Every position in selected racking is a one-pallet position, which makes for easy stock control.
  • Selective rack allows for load flexibility in terms of both weight and volume.
  • A selective pallet rack system is efficient. More than one forklift can be used simultaneously in the same aisle, allowing you to move inventory in and out of your facility quickly.
  • Selective systems are relatively easy to assemble, use, and maintain.


Selective racking may be the right choice when you have a large variety of products / SKUs. The more SKUs you have, the more critical the role of selectivity and accessibility.

Typical industries that benefit from using selective rack systems for their material handling needs are cold storage, wholesale, and retail (store inventory).

Teardrop Rack - The Selective Pallet Rack Standard

Teardrop Pallet Rack — the “Universal” Pallet Rack

There are several pallet rack styles to choose from in your selective racking system, but the most popular and widely racking style used is roll-formed, teardrop rack.

The teardrop design allows the rack to be assembled quickly, thanks to the teardrop shaped punched holes in the uprights that allow the support beams to slide in easily without the use of much hardware or any at all.

Teardrop racking is considered universal because it is the most common style made by manufacturers, which means you can usually mix and match brands. This is a great advantage when you need large quantities of used pallet racks or are adding on to your existing teardrop pallet rack system.

Old Style vs. New Style Teardrop Pallet Rack

Something to be aware of, especially if you are adding to existing teardrop rack, or if you are purchasing used parts and pieces from various sources, is that there is Old Style teardrop rack, and then, there is New Style teardrop. New Style refers to a specific style of teardrop upright frames once manufactured by Interlake Mecalux. The difference is in the shape of the punch holes
Unlike most teardrop uprights, which have rounded teardrop-shaped slots, the New Style frame slots are more angled and rectangular.

If all your teardrop upright frames and beams are Mecalux, you’re in luck, because all Mecalux uprights and beams, whether Old Style or New Style, are interchangeable and the beams will work with both types of uprights. But if you only have New Style frames, and you’re looking for beams to use with them, be aware many beams designed for teardrop pallet rack won’t fit these New Style upright frames.

It’s interesting to note that New Style uprights are not really “new.” They have been around quite a long time, but they are no longer made. There are plenty of New Style uprights on the used market, though, so it’s important to know whether you have new style or old style upright frames.


When it comes to your storage facility layout and design, the ability to store more in less space is the key to creating efficiency. No two warehouses or storage facilities are alike. We offer a wide variety of warehouse rack options to meet your unique needs. If you’re not sure, our storage specialists can help you design the system that works best for your business and space. Our passion is to help you find the ideal, most cost-effective industrial rack system that will optimize your warehouse for the highest efficiency. We have plenty of new and used styles to match either your existing pallet rack system or lay the foundation for years to come.

Used Pallet Rack

When it comes to used warehouse racks, Camara Industries is a nationwide supplier with a vast network capable of servicing every corner of the United States. You can expect to save 25-40% when you opt for pre-owned warehouse rack. Choose from a variety of different styles to meet your needs and save tons!

New Pallet Rack

We are an authorized dealer for Interlake Mecalux and many other manufacturers that bring you top of the line industrial pallet racking systems. If you are in the market for new pallet racks, Interlake Mecalux is among the leading manufacturers in the material handling market. Their teardrop pallet racking is comprised of high-strength steel, certified to meet the strictest compliance guidelines, and comes with either bolted or boltless (welded) frames.