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.

inventory management add for reckon accounts comparison

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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At a Glance: Comparing Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts Enterprise Edition (Part 2: Manufacturing)

Last week we looked at Fishbowl inventory and manufacturing software and Reckon Accounts accounting software and their inventory abilities. Let’s continue looking at these two by comparing them both by going through their manufacturing features. This will throw the contrast between the two solutions into even greater relief than before because Fishbowl really shines in this area and brings a lot of tools to the table that can really help out manufacturers.

We will cover nine features involving work orders, manufacture orders, bill of materials, and other manufacturing aspects of these two software solutions. All these features are found in the Fishbowl Manufacturing software, and also include all the features that are found in  the Fishbowl Warehouse version. To determine which version is suited to your business’ needs contact the Fishbowl office toll-free on 1300 785 755 in Australia or 0800 785 755 in New Zealand and speak with Kylie.

comparing Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts manufacturing features

Advanced Work Orders

Fishbowl: Work orders in Fishbowl Manufacturing can be used for assembly, disassembly, reverse, service, and repair work orders.

Reckon Accounts: There are no advanced work orders in Reckon Accounts for these types of jobs.

Custom Work Orders

Fishbowl: Create custom work orders from the Sales Order module in Fishbowl Manufacturing to quickly generate sales quotes and orders.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

Assigning Users to Work Orders

Fishbowl: Administrators can assign specific users to work orders to establish their responsibility for them.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

Production Stages

Fishbowl: Lot numbers can be tracked in great detail, drilling into subassemblies and production stages.

Reckon Accounts: Only single level assemblies can be created.

Manufacture Orders

Fishbowl: The Manufacture Order module makes it possible to set up sub-assemblies and production stages in a bill of materials and link them all together.

Reckon Accounts: You can just do simple assembly jobs, so you’ll need to create several of them to have the same effect.

Auto Manufacture Orders

Fishbowl: Automatically generate new manufacture orders with items found in the appropriate bill of materials.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

Auto Manufacture Order to Prevent Stockouts

Fishbowl: When finished products get too low in your inventory, they can trigger Fishbowl Manufacturing to automatically generate manufacture orders to make more.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

Custom Bill of Materials

Fishbowl: You can customise bills of materials by setting up option groups and variable quantities to save time and make price adjustments.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

One-Time-Use Items

Fishbowl: In a bill of materials, you can add one-time-use items which allows for more accurate costing with economy of scale production.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

Next: Modules and Plugins

Come back next week for Part 3 to see a comparison of Fishbowl’s modules and plugins to Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

This post was originally written by Robert Lockard at Fishbowl in the US and has been edited to suit Australian and New Zealand audiences.

At a Glance: Comparing Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts Enterprise Edition (Part 1)

Often when new clients come to us, we hear a lot of their frustrations regarding the limitations of their existing accounting system when it comes to inventory and manufacturing control.

A common question that people ask is, “Why can’t there be one system that just does it all?”.

The truth is, there are large-scale ERP systems that can “do it all”, but even they can have their shortcomings, and you will need some serious surplus in the budget to afford them.

Stand-alone software that strives to be good at everything can often struggle to master what is really needed.

In most cases, stand-alone accounting systems such as Reckon Accounts or Xero are excellent accounting systems, but they clearly know their limits when it comes to managing inventory and manufacturing.

This is where integrations between Fishbowl, with its expertise in inventory and manufacturing control, and a dedicated accounting system such as Reckon Accounts or Xero, can ensure that all bases are covered for your business.

This article is the first in our series of outlining what Fishbowl brings to the table when working alongside of Reckon Accounts. Today, we will focus on the inventory side of things.

Reckon Accounts Enterprise is the top-tier version of one of Australia’s most popular accounting software. It has the best features available to businesses. Let’s see how the very best Reckon Accounts has to offer, stacks up against Fishbowl inventory and manufacturing software.

fishbowl inventory software comparison with Reckon Accounts

Both offer a great deal of inventory management and manufacturing features, as well as plugins and integrations. Let’s take an honest look at both solutions. When Reckon Accounts outmatches Fishbowl, we’ll point that out and when Fishbowl outmatches Reckon Accounts, we’ll point that out, too.

In this first part of our At a Glance series, we will begin by going through many of the inventory management features found in Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

Costing Methods

Fishbowl: You can use Average, Standard, Last In First Out (LIFO), and First In First Out (FIFO) costing methods.

Reckon Accounts: You can only use Average costing methods.

Lot/Serial Numbers & Expiry Dates

Fishbowl: You can associate both lot and serial numbers with items on a case-by-case basis.

Reckon Accounts: Currently does not handle lot, serial or expiry date tracking further than a note or a memo against a transaction.

Generating Tracking Numbers

Fishbowl: Able to auto-generate a variety of inventory tracking numbers.

Reckon Accounts: Unable to auto-generate lot or serial numbers.

Due Dates

Fishbowl: You can add due dates to orders and item levels.

Reckon Accounts: You can use Past Due stamps.


Fishbowl: There is a feature that allows you to manage outsourced processes.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.


Fishbowl: Fishbowl GO is an app that can be installed on Android and Apple mobile devices to pick, pack, ship, receive, and complete work order. It also helps with making inventory adjustments, transfers, and more.

Reckon Accounts: No mobile inventory barcode scanning features.

Custom Fields

Fishbowl: There is no limit to the number or type of custom fields you can add to Fishbowl’s modules.

Reckon Accounts: You are limited to 6 custom fields in the Item list, and 6 in the Customer, Vendor, and Employee lists.

Other Fields

Fishbowl: By default, Fishbowl includes other fields on the Purchase Order screen to reveal the customer sales order, vendor sales order, date issued, date confirmed, date completed, purchase order revisions, and the user who made the most recent modification to the order.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.


Fishbowl: You can receive more than what is contained in an order, if necessary.

Reckon Accounts: You can’t receive more than what is contained in an order. Anything extra will have to be added as a separate line item.


Fishbowl: The Purchase Order module lets you receive, reconcile, and fulfil purchase orders all in one place.

Reckon Accounts: Purchase orders, item receipts, and bills must be accessed separately in different windows, so it’s a little more complicated to take care of them.

Automatic Reorder Points

Fishbowl: There is a featured called the Auto ROP, which allows you to automatically review and assign reorder levels to every part in your inventory.

Reckon Accounts: There is no equivalent feature in Reckon Accounts. You’ll have to assign reorder levels manually.

Automatic Purchase Orders

Fishbowl: The Auto PO feature lets you automatically generate purchase orders when inventory items hit their reorder points or are in backorder status on Sales Orders.

Reckon Accounts: This feature is unavailable in Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

Landed Costs

Fishbowl: There’s a fairly simple process to add landed costs to incoming items.

Reckon Accounts: Adding landed costs requires a much more in-depth and complex manual process.


Fishbowl: The Picking module shows you all of the orders that are waiting to be picked or already committed. You can print out pick lists that are sorted by warehouse locations and scan barcodes to pick, pack, and ship items.

Reckon Accounts: You can print a simple pick as a Sales Order template but it does not define locations or allow scanning of barcodes to pick items.


Fishbowl: You can integrate with a variety of shipping solutions, such as Australia Post and UPS Worldship using an out of the box integration, and more with custom integrations. Tracking numbers and other data get automatically sent to Fishbowl via these integrations.

Reckon Accounts: There aren’t built in connections between Shipping providers and Reckon Accounts.

Packing and Shipping

Fishbowl: The Shipping module helps with packing and shipping items. You can monitor tracking numbers, batch ship products, print packing lists, and more.

Reckon Accounts: You can print packing lists.

Next At a Glance: Manufacturing

We’ll continue next week with Part 2 where we’ll compare the manufacturing features of Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts Enterprise.

This post was originally post by Robert Lockard in the US and has been modified to suit the Australian and New Zealand audiences.

Fishbowl Named “Best Warehouse Management System for QuickBooks Users”

Fishbowl best warehouse management software

Explore WMS recently researched and created a list of Five of the best WMS for single warehouse operations, and Fishbowl sits at the top of that list. Each of the warehouse management solutions they included on their list was focused on a different area, and Fishbowl’s main strength is that it is an ideal solution for QuickBooks (Reckon Accounts in Australia and New Zealand) users.

That should come as no surprise to people that are already familiar with the software. Here at Fishbowl we have been talking about this for years, but it doesn’t hurt one bit to jog our memory about why Fishbowl is so popular among small and mid-sized businesses that use Reckon Accounts for their accounting.

Here are some of the biggest reasons why Fishbowl is the best warehouse management system for Reckon Accounts users.


  • Is the NUMBER ONE selling manufacturing and warehouse management solution for QuickBooks in the USA
  • Was one of the first Intuit Gold Developers, and has remained one for more than a decade
  • Integrates seamlessly with all desktop versions of Reckon Accounts (Pro, Premier, and Enterprise)
  • Integration to QuickBooks Online will be coming to Australia and New Zealand soon
  • Eliminates double data entry by automatically updating the accounting records
  • Offers multi-currency conversions that integrate directly to Reckon Accounts
  • Allows small businesses to stay with Reckon Accounts for many years, instead of switching to an expensive, overly complicated ERP system.

See for yourself why Fishbowl is the best warehouse management system for Reckon Accounts by signing up for a free trial!

This post originally comes from Robert Lockard, of the Fishbowl USA Team.

Celebrating 15 Years of Fishbowl

Fishbowl is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year! Let’s look back in time to show just how remarkable Fishbowl’s rise to prominence as the #1 manufacturing and warehouse management solution for QuickBooks (Reckon Accounts in Australia and New Zealand) has been.

15 years of inventory management

In the Beginning…

This very month, fifteen years ago, Fishbowl got its start when a small group of software developers created a new inventory management solution for a manufacturer. The manufacturing company’s owner invested in a new company to further develop the inventory management solution, which came to be called Fishbowl.

By the mid 2000’s, the company had gone through several CEOs and was about to be shut down for good. The owner  had asked David K. Williams to close the doors for good, but once David arrived on the scene he came up with a new plan. He then asked the owner for more time to allow him to get the company on its feet because he believed in the developers and the product that they were creating.

Williams grabbed hold of the reins as CEO and by the end of 2004 the company finally turned a profit and became completely self-sufficient. He and his associates realised there was a huge market for inventory software among QuickBooks users. Thus, Fishbowl became one of the first companies to receive Intuit’s Gold Developer Status, which is the highest honor it gives to third-party software developers. This partnership is the key factor that rocketed Fishbowl to long-term success, helping it become the top choice of inventory software for QuickBooks and Xero users.

Fishbowl Today

Since then, Fishbowl has introduced a growing number of products and services, including:

  • Fishbowl Manufacturing
  • Fishbowl Warehouse
  • Fishbowl Canada
  • Fishbowl Go
  • Fishbowl Anywhere
  • Fishbowl Commerce
  • Fishbowl Time & Labor
  • Fishbowl SalesPoint
  • Fishbowl Hosted Services

Fishbowl has also gone on to win dozens of awards for its incredible lineup of products and services, as well as the way it conducts its business, its employee benefits, annual revenue growth, and more. Here’s a sample of the awards Fishbowl has won over the years:

  • B2B CFO Smart Awards (2012)
  • Best of State Awards (2012, 2013, 2015)
  • Deloitte Technology Fast 500 (2008-2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Inc. 500|5000 (2008-2014)
  • MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100 (2007-2014)
  • The Principal Financial Group’s 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security (2015)
  • Red Herring North America and Red Herring Global (2012)
  • Utah Business Fast 50 (2008-2010, 2014)

The Future of Fishbowl

The future looks bright for Fishbowl. Here’s to the next 15 years, and Fishbowl’s commitment to making the future just as bright for its customers!