At a Glance: Comparing Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts Enterprise Edition (Part 3: Plugins and Modules)

In this third and final part of the comparison between Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts Enterprise, we’re going to address Fishbowl’s numerous modules and plugins, both off the shelf and custom solutions.

Actually, these are all unique to Fishbowl and a big reason why Fishbowl is the business automation solution for Reckon Accounts and Xero. They are not also present in Reckon Accounts, so we’ll simply address them in Fishbowl and avoid constantly repeating the fact that they are unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

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Integrated Fishbowl Products

In addition to Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse, Fishbowl offers many other solutions that integrate with its core software products. These solutions offer many useful features that can help growing businesses as their requirements increase and change over time. Fishbowl’s solutions include:

Fishbowl Anywhere: A plugin that allows Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse to be accessed via a Web browser.

Fishbowl Go: An app that allows for barcode scanning to take care of the physical aspects of warehouse management, such as cycle counting, receiving, picking, packing, and shipping.

Fishbowl Commerce: An online hub that synchronizes inventory quantities and sales across a great number of e-commerce channels so you don’t have to manually update each one.

Fishbowl Time & Labor: An online employee time clock solution that helps with Timehseets, PTO, manufacturing labor costs, and more.

Fishbowl Checkout: A point of sale solution that allows credit card, cash, and other payments to be processed and added directly into Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse.

Fishbowl Modules

These are all add-on modules that can be installed and activated from the Plugin module in Fishbowl:

Forecast Module: Data on past sales and orders is used to project upcoming inventory quantities, costs, and sales.

Sales Data Module: Sales revenue and counts are displayed on a world map, which users can zoom in and out of.

Data Module: You can use this to view, gather, and export data from the Fishbowl database, but you can’t update data in this module.

Monitor Module: The quantities of several parts can be viewed at the same time and constantly checked to make sure they remain healthy.

Consignment Module: You have the ability to track inventory that is consigned to third-party sellers and sold by them.

Software Plugins

These are just a few of the business solutions that Fishbowl offers plugins for. With all of these integrations, Fishbowl becomes a business automation platform, facilitating the free flow of information on inventory quantities, orders, and more between numerous online and desktop platforms. Here they are:

  • 3dcart
  • Amazon
  • Avalara
  • BigCommerce
  • eBay
  • Dropbox
  • LemonStand
  • Magento
  • Salesforce
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • SolidWorks
  • Volusion
  • WooCommerce
  • X-Cart
  • Zen Cart

Beyond Compare

As you can see from these three blog posts, Fishbowl holds its own and even over-performs when compared to the inventory management features of Reckon Accounts or Xero. Fishbowl is the perfect business automation platform to work with Xero or Reckon Accounts, which makes sense because Fishbowl adds so much to the popular accounting software.

Users of Xero or Reckon Accounts users don’t have to learn an entirely new accounting system in order to gain access to the manufacturing and warehouse management features they need to do their jobs more effectively. Fishbowl can handle most small business requirements and allow them to stay with their preferred accounting application for many years. That kind of savings and efficiency is beyond compare!

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Fishbowl Anywhere Brochure Now Available


Posted on by Robert Lockard from the Fishbowl USA office

The Fishbowl Anywhere brochure is different than the main Fishbowl corporate brochure because it talks about the plugin in a unique and specific way. Instead of describing the features, it gives examples of how Fishbowl Anywhere could prove useful for your company, in everyday experiences.

I don’t want to spoil everything… but I’ll just go ahead and tell you the four scenarios that are included in this brochure. Because I’m nice like that. Of course, you’ll have to click on the brochure link above to see how Fishbowl Anywhere helps in all of these situations, you know because clickbait!

Scenario 1

A salesperson is out in the field and they want to check the quantity of products in stock and then record sales to begin the order fulfillment process.

Scenario 2

A warehouse manager is out sick or on vacation, and no one else in the company has sufficient access rights to complete an order.

Scenario 3

A seller who consigns products to a number of retail locations needs those retailers to quickly let him know when the products get sold.

Scenario 4

A company works with outside manufacturers to build its products, and it needs to allow them restricted access to specific parts of its inventory system.

Best-Case Scenario

Fishbowl Anywhere is the best-case scenario in all of these situations. It allows salespeople to check inventory on smartphones and tablets. It lets warehouse managers perform essential duties away from the office. And it helps companies grant outside retailers and manufacturers limited access to their Fishbowl account.

My bad, I said I wasn’t going to say how Fishbowl Anywhere helps with the four scenarios above. Oh well. I just can’t help myself. It’s amazing that Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse are now available virtually anywhere on any device with an Internet connection!

You should still check out the brochure and enjoy a bit more depth on the scenarios and solutions. Make sure you keep coming back to the Fishbowl Blog for more content like this.