Maximising Warehouse Efficiency: Longspan vs. R.E.T. Shelving

Longspan shelving storage for paint

Warehouses are all about storage capacity, and it’s important your business has flexibility and adaptability for future expansion. Advanced Warehouse Structures offers two exceptional shelving options: long span shelving and R.E.T. shelving. Each of these options offers unique benefits and can be ideal storage solutions for the right situation. The question is, which is the right storage system for your warehouse?

In this article, we’ll be looking at both shelving systems, explaining the ideal use for each to help you decide which one is perfect for your warehouse storage needs. Whether you’re dealing with light-duty small goods or need an efficient solution for small item storage, we’ve got you covered.


Longspan shelving with mesh and gate

Longspan Shelving: Perfect for Storing Light-Duty Small Goods

When it comes to light-duty goods, small items and stock, longspan shelving is a go-to choice. These shelves are versatile in height and length, meaning you can find the perfect layout for your warehouse. It’s an ideal choice for efficient stock picking, especially for small- to medium-sized products. Well-designed longspan shelving made from high-quality materials is a versatile and indispensable asset for a variety of warehousing businesses.


  • Perfect for Storing Light-Duty Small Goods: Longspan shelving is specifically designed to provide rows of shelving for items and loads that are smaller and lighter in weight. It’s one of the best ways of dealing with products that don’t require heavy-duty storage.
  • Multiple Level Configurations Possible: This shelving system is highly adaptable and can be set up at various heights and lengths. With our help, you can design a configuration with multiple shelves, maximising your storage space efficiently.
  • New or Used Available: Finances are a concern for any business, especially a warehouse that is starting out. Depending on your budget and specific requirements, longspan shelving can be purchased new or used. This flexibility allows you to make cost-effective decisions that will still serve your place of business well.
  • Free Site Visit and/or Warehouse Design if Necessary: We understand that all warehouses are unique spaces, and you need a storage solution to suit your exact needs. Our team offers site visits and custom warehouse design services to ensure you get the most out of your longspan shelving. With years of experience in the warehouse storage industry, we’ll be able to guide you in choosing the ideal storage solution for you.


  • Supply and/or Delivery: We can provide you with the longspan shelving units you need, whether you prefer to pick them up or have them delivered to your location.
  • Installation: Worried about having to install your own shelving or don’t have the time? No problem! You can count on us for professional installation, ensuring your shelving is secure and correctly configured for your specific requirements.
  • Pulldowns and Relocations: As your warehouse evolves, so do your storage needs. We offer services for pulldowns and relocations to accommodate your changing requirements.
  • Repairs and Safety Audits: We’re committed to maintaining the safety and functionality of your shelving. Our team can handle repairs and conduct safety audits to keep your warehouse in optimal condition. If you have any concerns about the state of any shelf we’ve installed, simply give us a call.
  • Certification and Signage: We provide certification and signage services to ensure your shelving meets industry standards and safety regulations.
  • CAD Warehouse Layouts Consultation: Our experts can create CAD warehouse layouts to help you visualise the most effective shelving configurations for your space.


Steel shelving storage for small items in warehouse

R.E.T. Shelving: Perfect for Storage of Small Items

R.E.T. shelving is the ultimate modular system for small items and lighter-load storage. It’s the ideal storage solution for pick-face, where easy access to frequently picked items is essential. These shelving systems can improve the workflow and productivity of warehouses, factories, stores and a number of similar businesses. R.E.T. shelving systems are also made from durable materials, such as robust metal or steel.


  • Perfect for Storage of Small Items: R.E.T. shelving excels at storing small items efficiently. There are some items you’re going to often and at a moment’s notice. This is the perfect solution for your business if you need to organise and access small goods regularly.
  • Space Effective: Space in your warehouse is one of your most valuable commodities. The modular design and compact footprint of R.E.T. shelving make it highly space-effective, ensuring you make the most of the area. It’s perfect for maximising the use of available floor space while still providing accessibility in each aisle.
  • Multiple Sizes Available: These shelving units come in various sizes, allowing you to select the dimensions that best suit your storage requirements.
  • Adjustable Shelves: R.E.T. shelving is highly adaptable. The shelves are adjustable, enabling you to configure the system to accommodate items of different sizes and shapes.
  • Accessories Available: To enhance your storage capabilities, a range of accessories, including boxes and containers, is available to help you organise your products effectively.


  • Supply and/or Delivery: We offer a range of supply and delivery options to provide you with the R.E.T. shelving units you need.
  • Installation: Our team of experts can handle the installation process, ensuring that your shelving is set up correctly and securely.
  • Pulldowns and Relocations: As your storage needs change, we’re here to assist with pulldowns and relocations to adapt to your evolving requirements.
  • Repairs and Safety Audits: To maintain the safety and functionality of your shelving, we provide repair services and conduct safety audits.
  • Certification and Signage: It’s essential that every workplace meets all health and safety standards. To provide peace of mind, we offer certification and signage services to ensure that your R.E.T. shelving adheres to industry standards and safety regulations.
  • CAD Warehouse Layouts Consultation: Our professionals can create CAD warehouse layouts to help you design the most efficient shelving configurations for your warehouse floor.


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Choosing the Right Shelving Solution

Are you still wondering what shelving system best suits your warehouse layout? When it comes to the choice between longspan shelving and R.E.T. shelving, it all depends on your specific warehousing needs and warehouse space. If you’re dealing with light-duty small goods and need versatility in your storage options, longspan shelving is the way to go. On the other hand, if you’re primarily storing small items and require an efficient pick-face system, R.E.T. shelving is the ideal solution.

To choose the best storage addition, it’s crucial to assess your inventory and equipment, understand your daily operational requirements, and consider your available space. Advanced Warehouse Structures is here to provide you with tailored advice and shelving solutions that best suit your needs. We offer a wide range of products, including mezzanine, pallet racking systems and shelving, offering design, manufacturing and installation for each. Regardless of your choice, we’re committed to helping you optimise your warehouse efficiency and organisation.

If you are looking to install longspan shelving or R.E.T. shelving, the team at Advanced Warehouse Structures would love to hear from you. Get in touch today to discuss your next project.