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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.

Meet the team...

This month we welcome Darryl Rabot to our pre-sales team. With a history in training as well as the pre/post sales arena, he is currently attending specialist Datalinx training to learn and demonstrate our applications; Advanced WMS 200, Warehouse Manager X3 and eFulfilment Manager, and he is looking forward to meeting and sharing his new knowledge and understanding of our products with our partners and customers.

Daryl Rabot 

Some key facts about Darryl…

"I started in production Engineering as a Mechanical Engineer/Toolmaker whilst learning CAD (Computer Aided Design).

From here I worked in pre/post sales environments and training for a number of UK resellers and training centres for a global software solution.

Whilst teaching and training CAD in engineering, architectural, media and entertainment across a wide spectrum of companies nationally and internationally, I’ve built relationships with industry knowledge, which has led to tutoring international students and lecturing at university."


And just for fun....outside of the office I’m a qualified Personal Trainer with a keen interest in sports events. 👟 🏃 🤻

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Remember when Black Friday was just one day?

It is estimated that during the 2021 Black Friday sale period buyers in the UK will spend £4.6billion with a typical spend per household of £275*

This year retailers have changed the traditional 'Black Friday Sale' format to run over an extended period during most of November. This extension provides several key benefits, including the ability to better manage demand, stock availability and internal business resource. This is particularly key this year in the UK where there are challenges within the supply chain with materials shortages, delivery delays, and increasing costs of production and we have seen more options being offered to consumers on how they can receive their orders.

The challenges of Black Friday shopping to the distributor 

Managing Black Friday demand with an integrated WMS system will ensure that you can meet peak seasonal demand whilst continuing to grow your business and Datalinx recommends that functionality includes:


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The lockdown challenge - How to manage an increase in volume of sales orders but with small product quantities per order

Driven by the change in shopping habits during lockdown, and a need to keep businesses commercially viable, many companies have had to rapidly change their business processes to switch to eCommerce trading, and dispatch direct from their warehouse.

Typically, we have seen the focus move from wholesale, bulk, B2B orders to B2C as people have not been able to shop in-store, so have shifted their spending capability to online shopping, which has led to challenges within our customer base, as they have reacted this shift to meet a different way of fulfilling demand for their product.

According to the UK Office of National Statistics bulletin, Online retail sales in July were 50.4% higher than February’s pre-pandemic levels* and typically within the sector as a proportion of all retailing, online sales now make up 28.9% of all sales.


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Introducing the Zebra MC9300 for Android

Datalinx Computer Systems are pleased to announce that the Zebra MC9300 has been tested as fully compatible and approved for use with it's Warehouse Management for Sage X3 application.

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MC55 Hand Held Scanner: Advance Notice - Product End of Life 2022

MC55A / MC55N - 2022 Product End of Life

Zebra has advised that the current MC55A and MC55N devices will, as of September 2022 no longer be available and that it will be replaced by a new version of the device. Datalinx and Zebra will continue to support and maintain the product for the next 5 years in line with Zebra after sales service.

The new version of the MC55, to be known as  the MC55XL (Extended Life), is due for release September/October 2017. We are awaiting final specification of this device, but we understand that it will have a similar architecture to the MC67, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, 2D SE4710 scan engine and more memory. It will be offered in standard and medical versions and the accessories will be compatible with the MC55A0 and MC55N0


MC55hand held scanner

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