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.

Warehouse Racking

Warehouse Racking
Warehouses and warehouse racking can be found in a variety of sizes, from that suitable for a small room to giant racking systems for very large warehouses.
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Dark Stores

I love the latest developments in warehousing and due to the increase in online shopping; companies have developed huge distribution centres dedicated purely to picking online shopping orders. The leaders of this trend are supermarkets with online food shopping sales predicted to reach £14.6bn by 2018.
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7 Warehousing Sins

Does your warehouse commit any of my 7 sins?
As 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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Naming and labelling warehouse bins and shelves

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_6318.JPGA warehouse management system (WMS) requires the warehouse bin locations to be barcoded for efficient usage.  Barcoding eliminates the manual entry of data and the inherent risk of typing mistakes; scanning barcoded data is much faster than typing.

The naming of the bin locations should be designed to give a ‘grid map’ of the warehouses / yards / storage areas so it is clear where each bin location is situated within each branch.

Any ‘guidance’ that will be given during picking operations in the WMS will normally use an alphanumeric bin sequence. Therefore, when designing the bin code format, thought also needs to be given to the most efficient ‘walk’ around the warehouse when typically picking stock.

Two common examples of a naming convention are described below.

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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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