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.

10 minutes with James Pearcy


A sneak peak into the creation of Datalinx, company goals and industry challenges through the eyes of James Pearcy MD of Datalinx Computer Systems...

I trained as an electro mechanical engineer, but moved in the early days of computerised manufacturing systems to material requirements planning (MRP) within a large manufacturing company. After some years in industry it was a logical step, to becoming a consultant within the computer industry and director of a software house. However it was not until 1989 the opportunity occurred to form Datalinx. The first product was a barcode based “Work in Progress tracking and costing system”, that front ended many popular ERP systems, this quickly led to warehousing and a long term relationship with Sage.

Why was Datalinx founded?

After working for various software providers of ERP and MRP systems, 2 friends identified a gap in the market for automated data collection, which in today’s world, we would call Mobile Systems. These were used for Warehousing plus Work in progress tracking and labour costing. With time the focus shifted to Sage and their customer needs.

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7 signs you need a warehouse system

b2ap3_thumbnail_Plumbworld-opacity.jpgAs a warehouse systems consultant there is nothing better than visiting a new warehouse and in my experience I have noticed there are 7 deadly sins, which all cost businesses money and are very simple to fix with the implementation of barcodes and a warehouse management system. 

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Are you a direct thermal label or thermal transfer fan?

Have you ever considered other label options?

Some people only go for one type of label due to history, the printer they use or they feel that they only have one option because of the nature of their environment within the warehouse. 

Traditionally, most warehouse management customers use thermal transfer paper labels; they are economical, easy to print and provide a good label for scanning.   But Direct thermal labels have improved dramatically over the years and are now a viable option. 

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Embracing the Power and Capabilities of the GS1 Standard

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Before we get into the way in which Datalinx have incorporated GS1 into our warehouse management applications, it is worth taking a moment to look at what GS1 is about and what it means to the businesses in the supply chain.

Embracing the power and capabilities of the GS1 Standard

GS1 is both an organisation and today a synonym for a barcode standard. GS1 as an organisation has, in the UK a community of over 28,000 members and is one of 111 independent, not-for-profit GS1 organisations operating across 150 countries.

GS1 help everyone involved in making, moving and trading goods to automate and standardise their supply chain processes using the common language of GS1 Global Standards and  GS1 are now bringing these same standards to the healthcare supply chain....

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Tips to get your warehouse up to scratch

b2ap3_thumbnail_067_Generic_Warehouse_Aisle_Shelves_500x333.jpgIn order to meet your customers’ expectations in today’s busy online world having a well organised efficient warehouse is essential. This helps improve productivity and efficiency, enabling you to pick, pack and dispatch quickly and accurately. Here are Datalinx top tips for doing this;

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