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!

Plugins – Forecasting in Fishbowl 2016 Can Help Predict the Future


Fishbowl now comes with a plugin module that allows you to easily manage all of the plugins that are currently available from Fishbowl. Over the next couple of weeks , I will give an in depth overview of all the plugins currently available. Starting this week with the Forecast Module.

The Forecast Module is a handy plugin that uses current Fishbowl data to project possible future sales information. This will help your business to plan for upcoming inventory needs. This detailed information will help you avoid stock outs or over order inventory, having it sit on the shelf costing you nothing but money, based on these current sales trends.

Plugin Installation

Installing available Plugins through the Plugin Manager is a quick and relatively painless process. By navigating to the Plugin Module from the Fishbowl Client, you can select from the available plugins and click install. Then by restarting the Fishbowl Server and logging back into the Fishbowl Client you will have access to the new module. Super simple stuff.

Available Forecasting Filters

The Forecast Module offers a multitude of different ways to quantify and filter available data, allowing you to focus on the information that is important to you and your business:

Displaying Data: Sales, Costs or Quantities

This is the most basic option all allows you to choose what you wish to measure. The total sales or the total cost of the inventory you have sold or the quantity of the inventory you have scrapped, consumed on work orders, or sold.


You can select a single part and you can track that part’s sales cost and the quantities used over a period of time. If you wish to see the numbers for all of your inventory just leave this field blank.

Location Group

To hone in on a certain location group, simply select it from the field. Select all to see an overview of all of your location groups, and check the Combine Location Groups box the group them all into a single instead of multiple instances.


To graph the data there are three available formulas that can be used:

  1. Constant Average – This places a flat line through the graph at the data mean average. This will clearly show you the historical average which may prove useful if you do not expect to much growth in the future.
  2. Linear Regression – This puts a slanted line through the middle of the data points to show what the future might hold if things continue as they have in the past.
  3. Exponential Moving Average – This puts a line that keeps moving up or down to reflect trends from one data point to the next.

Growth Percentage

You can also add a growth percentage to the forecast if you do not want to see what the current trend is, but what you expect to happen as a result of an outside influence that the current data may not be able to predict.

Date Range

The date range option allows you to set the time period you want the graph to look at when calculating the result.

Chart Type

There are three different chart types for viewing and displaying data:

  1. Line Graph – This has the data for each point represented by a dot and connected together with a line, allowing for quick comparisons between days, weeks, months and years.
  2. Accumulation – This chart style also connects dots, however it keeps piling the data on top of itself, this results in a chart that shows overall sales that accumulates over time.
  3. Scatter Plot – The points represent the data, this makes it look like the information is scattered but may be easier to understand.

Group By

This is pretty important, you can choose if you wish to have the data displayed over a day, a week, a month or a year. Changing this will affect the amount of detail shown and how the information is presented.

That is it for the Forecast Module overview, a great tool for managing inventory and planning logistics. Do not forget to check back next week when I will look over the Sales Data plugin.