Datalinx Blog

Welcome to the Datalinx blog. Here we cover a range of posts and conversations based around our experiences of warehousing, barcoding and Sage software.

The world of little white labels

b2ap3_thumbnail_label.jpgThe Label in the workplace is so underestimated until it is no longer there.   Zebra labels do their job well, they perform as required and do exactly what is expected of them;  but then get into huge amounts of trouble when the last roll runs out, the operator panics as they know that was the last one in the box.  Cue a panic phone call/email to your label supplier ensues, as work has ground to a halt, whilst more insignificant labels can be sourced fast!    So are they insignificant, or can we do more to stop companies running out?  And believe me, you will be surprised how many of our customers make that panic call!! 

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Sage 200 2015 verdict from our pro's

b2ap3_thumbnail_Laura-1.jpgSage 200’s 2015 release has undergone its biggest overhaul in ten years and has a completely fresh look, as well as satisfying a lot of long-standing requests by users.

The screen and menu have changed in appearance to make everything easier to access. There is now the ability to set up custom colour themes and visually distinguish companies you work in with different colours, reducing the risk of confusion when working with multiple data sets.

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Sage Distribution Agreement


b2ap3_thumbnail_distribution_icon_logo.pngSage Business Solutions, a leading global supplier of business management software, today announced it has signed a Distribution agreement with Datalinx, offering Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island customers a range of integrated warehousing solutions that enable significant cost savings and operational benefits in key areas such as warehouse, manufacturing and mobility.

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Sage Certified vs Sage Approved

b2ap3_thumbnail_sage_certified_logo_generic.jpgDue to the vast number of Sage add-ons available, Sage introduced various certification and accreditation programmes. To assist in proving a company’s competency, monitor the standards and improve the quality of add-ons developed.

There are 3 key ways to check the certification of the add-on you are interested in:

1.Sage Certification
2.Sage Approved
3.Sage Developer Awards

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When buying barcode scanners does it really just come down to price?

Although price might be the first consideration; functionality, your working environment b2ap3_thumbnail_handhelds.png
and device durability should also be evaluated.

The majority of our customers purchase the ‘mobile computer’ style of scanner rather than a tethered, presentation or fixed device and in this discussion I will focus on this range.


Functionality: this should be a key consideration and geared around your specific business. Do you know the type of barcodes you use or will need to use? How much information do they need to reference as this will affect whether you choose a 1d or 2D scanner?  Do you need a long range capable scanner? Will your warehouse team be 'up close and person' to your products when scanning or will be the item be on the top racking shelf? What size will your barcode and dispatch labels need to be? How much space is there on the product packaging or racking area?  Do you work with refrigerated products? Does your warehouse run 24-7?

 

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