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.


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 integrates with Xero Accounts

Xero and Fishbowl inventory integration

Xero is a cloud-based accounting solution designed for small and midsize businesses. Fishbowl integrates seamlessly with Xero, giving you a complete manufacturing and warehouse management system that works in conjunction with your accounting solution to ensure you always have the correct invoices, ledger entries, and all other accounting documentation you need.

Fishbowl is the inventory solution for Xero

Here are the many details of this integration between Fishbowl and Xero:

  • You can configure Fishbowl’s integration to Xero fairly quickly, allowing you to update the general ledger whenever you make changes to your inventory records.
  • You can use Fishbowl to accept sales orders, pick, pack, and ship orders, transfer inventory, and more. Then it automatically exports those changes to Xero to create accounting adjustments in relation to inventory assets, cost of goods sold, and income.
  • Both Fishbowl and Xero can be used to accept payments from customers, and both will reflect those payments without you having to enter them twice.
  • Fishbowl lets you create purchase orders for whatever you need to buy, and then it sends bills to Xero to make the appropriate accounting entries.
  • New customers and suppliers get exported from Fishbowl to Xero so that they will have the same contact information and other details in both solutions.
  • All inventory adjustments (from cycle counts to scrapped inventory) are automatically transferred from Fishbowl to Xero.
  • After completing a work order in Fishbowl Manufacturing, you can schedule it to be exported to Xero in order to make an entry on the general ledger reflecting the change.

This post comes from Robert Lockard in the Fishbowl USA office.

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!

Fishbowl and Xero Integration Now Available!

Move Your Account Transactions To The Cloud with Fishbowl and Xero

xero-and-fishbowl-integration2015 marks a massive year for Fishbowl and it’s inventory management software. We saw the 2015 version of Fishbowl Warehouse and Fishbowl Manufacturing released and with this came a new, faster database, cleaner and more contemporary user interface and with the latest release , Fishbowl 2015.4, releasing here in Australia and New Zealand, Fishbowl will now seamlessly integrate with the Xero online accounting software package.

Smart and Beautiful: Fishbowl Inventory Management Software and Xero Online Accounting Software

Xero is known for its beautiful look and sleek user interface, and now with the ability for Fishbowl to integrate with the cloud based accounting software, it has the brains too. You can now manage your inventory, automate your manufacturing with Bill of Materials and Work Orders, track parts, products and more with serial numbers, best before dates, etc with ease and more while keeping your accounts up to the minute and accurately reflecting outgoing expenditures, incoming cash flow and payroll from anywhere at anytime.

Free Trial of The ERP software solution: Fishbowl and Xero

The best way to see if Fishbowl inventory management software and Xero online accounting software are the best fit as an ERP solution for your business is to book an online demonstration with one of our Inventory Software Specialists at a time that suits you and/or the decision maker/s of your business. Once you have a time booked in, you will spend up to an hour looking at how Fishbowl can solve your inventory management and/or manufacturing problems and how seamless a Xero integration is. To book an online demonstration call, toll-free, our office on 1300 785 755 in Australia or 0800 785 755 in New Zealand, or if you prefer you can also email us at sales@fishbowlinventory.com.au and a representative will call you back to organise a time that is convenient for you.

You can also download a no obligation, 14-day free trial of Fishbowl inventory management software HERE

You can also set up a 30-day free trial account of Xero cloud based accoutning software HERE