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:

Warehouse Management Software Software Connect 2018 report

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.

Barcoding

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!

Sign up for a free trial of Fishbowl today.

Fishbowl Named “Best Warehouse Management System for QuickBooks Users”

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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.

Fishbowl:

  • 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.

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!

Start the New Year on the right foot with Fishbowl Training

Book Fishbowl Training

From the newest of Fishbowl users, to advanced power users, we have training packages and options suited to every business with 20% off for our Ocean Support members.

We offer refresher and new staff training courses, process reviews, and rundowns on new features. All of these options can be can be held onsite at your warehouse or the Fishbowl office or hosted online.  

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If there is staff or certain departments in your business that want to brush up on correct procedures, improve current processes or implement new workflows, this training option is for you. Refresher training is offered online hourly or have one of our consultants on site for one or two (or more) days.

Full warehouse process reviewProcess Review

Have a Fishbowl consultant on site to be able to review your current workflow and processes, offering their years of warehouse and manufacturing knowledge to improve every step of your business from sale to picking to packing to shipping saving time and money.

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Fishbowl receives updates on a regular basis, bringing with it new features that improves current processes, adds new functionality to modules, and adds completely new features. Do you know about all the features and how to implement them into your business? If not the best way is to have an online training session and have one of our consultants walk you through any updates that are relevant to your business.
If you would like a tailored training session for your business make sure you book today on 1300 785 755 as availability of Fishbowl Consultants is limited. Also if you are an Ocean Support member you will receive 20% off the total cost of your training package, including online and on-site.