What Are You Looking For When It Comes To Warehouse Management Software?

Software Connect is a company that has spent the last 22 years helping companies find software right for their business needs. Software Connects latest Warehouse Management Software Buyer Trends is now available, and it takes a good look into what Warehouse Management Software purchasers are looking for. The report has gathered data from nearly 120 Warehouse Management Software buyers recorded over the course of the last two years. The industries represented in the report are distributors of durable and non-durable goods, made-for-stock and job shop manufacturers, food and beverage distributors, medical distributors, and transportation. Let’s dive right into the report and have a look at some major talking points:

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Motivating Factors

Warehouse management software buyers are looking for software for a variety of different reasons. We’ll go through each of the reasons given in the report and show how Fishbowl Warehouse is a great solution for each of them.

Need More/Better Features (39 Percent) – This is a major reason for buying software it seems, and Fishbowl really shines here. Check out the list of Fishbowl Warehouse features, and see for yourself if it fits the bill. You will probably find that it is exactly the kind of thing you are looking for.

Replace a Dated System (20 Percent) – Fishbowl offers advanced warehouse management features, which can grow with your business so you can keep using it for many years instead of learning a new system every few years. The development of Fishbowl makes sure it is feature rich with new tools that businesses actually need, with new releases at least once a month.

Automate Existing Process(es) (16 Percent) – Fishbowl is a business automation platform, allowing you to set up auto reorder points and much more to automate all sorts of business processes. This includes connecting Fishbowl to your website to show your customers live inventory levels, to automating manufacturing workflow, streamlined reorder, sales, and purchasing processes and much more.

Need Better Integration with Another System (11 Percent) – Fishbowl integrates seamlessly with a number of desktop versions of Reckon Accounts, Xero as well as QuickBooks Online with Boxstorm, and that’s just scratching the surface of its many software and hardware integrations that go way beyond accounting connections.

Improve Efficiency (8 Percent) – Fishbowl gives you and your employees the tools to make even more efficient use of your time in the warehouse.

Consolidate Multiple Systems (8 Percent) – In addition to Warehouse Management Software, Fishbowl offers manufacturing, barcoding, shipping, eCommerce, point of sale, server hosting, and online time clock solutions that all integrate with each other for a fully featured warehouse ecosystem.

Improve Accuracy (7 Percent) – You can perform cycle counts and instantly update inventory records with the scan of a barcode with Fishbowl Go. Plus, Fishbowl’s integration with Reckon Accounts and Xero ensures your accounting records perfectly reflect all changes you make to your inventory system.

Reckon Account Users

One quarter of Warehouse Management Software buyers are looking to replace Reckon Accounts. To break it down further, 16 percent are replacing Reckon Accounts Enterprise and a further 9 percent are replacing other versions of the software. With Fishbowl, these buyers can keep using Reckon Accounts for their accounting while integrating it with Fishbowl to add all sorts of advanced inventory management features that link directly to their financial records.

Single or Multiple Locations

Forty-six percent of Warehouse Management Software buyers (the biggest proportion of the bunch) have one warehouse, 28 percent have two warehouses, 9 percent have three warehouses, 4 percent have four warehouses, and 13 percent have five or more warehouses. Fishbowl is ideal for all of these setups. If you have one warehouse, you can use Fishbowl to manage inventory in that location. If you have two or more warehouses, you can monitor sales and ordering trends at each one and quickly create transfer orders to send goods between locations if one is running low on certain items while another has a surplus.


There is no question which method of inventory tracking Warehouse Management Software buyers prefer. A whopping 73 percent want barcoding while just 7 percent want RFID. With a combination of Fishbowl Go and Fishbowl Manufacturing or Fishbowl Warehouse, you can generate barcodes, print them, and scan them to help you keep track of all of your inventory items. In fact, Fishbowl offers a free Barcode Generator that you can use right now to create as many barcodes as you like for your parts and products.

Good News to Report

There is a lot of good news in Software Connect’s report on Warehouse Management Software buyers. If you are looking for Warehouse Management Software that can meet your needs both now and in the future, allow you to stay with Reckon Accounts, manage inventory in multiple locations, and give you access to barcode inventory tracking, look no further than Fishbowl. It can fit just fine within your budget and save you a lot of time and money as you see your warehouse efficiency go through the roof!

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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What to expect in Fishbowl 2017

In this post we are going to have a look at what to expect in Fishbowl 2017 for users of previous versions of the inventory and manufacturing software, as well as people looking for a complete warehouse solution. It is our biggest release yet and we are excited to get people

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Upgrade to MySQL Database

Fishbowl is now using a MySQL database in the latest version to speed up processes and ensure the system is even more stable. This migration has been in the works for some time, and it will be exciting to see how much it helps Fishbowl’s customers and by how much it speeds up processes.

Fishbowl GO will work on iOS

Not only can you have a complete inventory and manufacturing solution on your computer and your network with Fishbowl 2017, you can have the complete barcode solution in the palm of your hand with Fishbowl GO on Android and now available on your iPhone or iPad.

The New Salesforce Plugin

Fishbowl will have a Salesforce plugin built into its interface. You won’t have to install anything; you can simply activate the plugin in Fishbowl to connect it to the popular CRM as long as you have a Salesforce account.

You can Import XLS and XLSX Files

Fishbowl has always allowed you to import data in the form of CSV files, and it even shows you how to format spreadsheets to ensure the information gets added correctly. It’s now adding XLS and XLSX files to the mix to make sure that data stays the same and is more convenient.

Add a Markup Percentage to Shipping Price

If you’re shipping your items by the carton, you’ll now be able to set a default markup percentage to their shipping price directly inside of Fishbowl.

Fishbowl 2017’s New Button Generates Multi-Level Bill of Materials Report

There’s going to be a shiny new button in the Bill of Materials module, which will allow you to create a multi-level bill of materials report. Very Nice and very easy.

Remember, these are just the highlights. There’s even more that you’ll find in the Fishbowl 2017.1 software release. Keep an eye out for it!

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Our gift to you this holiday season!

It is now even easier to take control of your inventory in 2017 with a massive 20% off Fishbowl Warehouse and Fishbowl Manufacturing. The Fishbowl range of products automate everyday warehouse processes, allowing you to set up stock reorder points, custom pricing rules for customers, and automatically create purchase orders, meaning you will never miss out on a sale again and avoid dreaded stock outs.

What If I have a manufacturing based workflow?

Don’t worry, Fishbowl can also help you take control of your manufacturing processes, with the ability to automate complex, multistage bills of materials with ease. Fishbowl does not stop at manufacturing however, with our vast range of integrations you can take orders from your website and have the sales order in Fishbowl, make sales on the road with Jobsync, and also have a complete barcode scanning solution at your fingertips with Fishbowl GO.

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What you need to know about Fishbowl GO

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Feeling unfulfilled in your order management? You might be suffering from Poor Pick Pack Ship, or Slow P.P.S. It’s time to beat the boxing blues and start getting the orders flowing with Fishbowl Go!

Fishbowl Go isn’t a medicinal remedy, but it definitely provides a lot of relief to companies struggling to handle an increasing amount of inventory in their warehouses.

The video above has its tongue firmly pressed to its cheek, but Fishbowl Go is seriously a fantastic barcoding and warehouse management solution for your business. Check out the video, and get that pesky slow P.P.S. out of your system… your warehouse management system, that is.

This post comes from Robert Lockard at the Fishbowl U.S.A office.