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Tier-Rack Corporation has been a leader in rack solutions and flexible warehouse racking systems for fifty years. The original Tier-Rack® pallet stacking frame converts regular warehouse pallets into sturdy storage racks in seconds without screws or bolts. And the Load-Nester® all-steel storage rack features light and heavy duty models of solid all-welded, knock-down, or nestable designs for all your material handling needs.

Lead Time for Portable Tire Racks – Inventory - 2 of 4

Inventory Considerations – Tier-Rack products are designed to meet a specific customer’s needs and specifications.  Generally, each order is a custom make-to-order project.  A 60 x60 tire rack, or a 48 x48 warehouse rack may seem common, but each style can have dozens of subtle variations making it unique, but suitable to each customer’s requested needs and required use.

Finished steel products are durable and are expected to last for decades.  Raw steel is perishable and is subject to rust and corrosion if stored over time.  Coatings and rust preventative products are used to eliminate these risks.  However, excess coating or oil finishes on raw steel create health and safety factors in the welding process in addition to environmental challenges in the cleaning and preparation for powder coat painting.

Although Tier-Rack maintains a significant stocking inventory of common sizes on tubular steel, decking components and parts, it is not cost effective or beneficial to bank materials in contemplation of large order needs or every order need.  Two risks are present – (1) Material losing value due to rust or corrosion and (2) having a large supply of item A, when item B is in demand.

The best value is found by securing material to meet a specific order demand for warehouse racks  This allows us to:

a.        Optimize cut lengths or production mult lengths to minimize material waste and costs,

b.       Obtain matched sizing to assure proper telescoping of posts and sockets.  Although each vender is producing under ASTM guidelines, subtle tooling and production variations can create fit issues if we mix product from differing production mills.  For example, special tooling and processes are often required at the tubing mill for obtaining a proper inside dimension for socket material.

c.       Shop competitively and aggressively from our qualified mill producers to secure the best market pricing and lower costs to our customer.

d.      Consistently use prime hot rolled black steel in production, which is superior for safety and environmental reasons.

Steel for5 tire racks.

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Imported Stack Racks as an Option

Stack Rack, Stack Rack

In some situations, and in some geographic areas imported portable stacking racks can provide a good value to the end-user.

 Tier-Rack has a decade long association with producers in China who can provide quality stack racks at competitive pricing levels.  Typically value can be found when (1) the order volume is high (1,000 units or more), (2) the rack style is common: i.e. commodity (tire racks or warehouse racks) not specialized or highly customized (3) lead time is generous and (4) the destination point is served by nearby container cargo ports (typically West Coast).

 Tier-Rack can provide comparison costs for import vs. domestic production to aid our current and prospective customers with their buying needs.  As shipping costs and international monetary rates fluctuate, the value line for imported racks can change with frequency.  For some customers, it is an option to view with eyes wide open.

 Without doubt, the greatest supply chain control is found with domestically produced product.  Higher assurances on quality, more closely monitored production processes and greater assurance of delivery on schedule has value.

For more information visit on stack rack, www.tier-rack.com and call 1-800-325-7869 to learn more..

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Tier-Rack Distribution Center Racks Land in Indonesia

Textile Market heats up in summer 2012

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Tier-Rack Corp. offers alternative to standard pallet racking

Since 1955 Tier-Rack has been helping their customers with alternatives to standard pallet rack storage. They produce and market portable stack racks that provide pallet storage with the added benefit of flexibility.

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2012 is "Stacking Up" to be a Great Year for Warehouse Racks

Tier-Rack warehouse racks save time and increase effeciency !!

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