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!

3 Steps to a Better Stock Take

Like Christmas, tax time has a way of sneaking up on you. Unlike the festive season however, that offers the joy of giving gifts and strong eggnog, the end of the Financial Year brings with it the not so joyous burdens of lengthy tax forms and typically a tedious stock take to be undertaken.

This weeks blog I will be taking a look at pratfalls to avoid and steps to take to ensure you have a more successful stock take this year.

1. Right Tools For The Job

Checking stock levels is always going to be a arduous and labourious process but having the right tools can avoid discrepancies and inaccuracy with the final inventory count. It seems like common sense but having pens, clipboards and calculators handily available will make sure that the workers on the warehouse floor will be able to do their job properly. Using different coloured pens for different counts will allow for counts from the separate stock takers to be seen and accounted for. To remove the human error element from the stock take using hand held scanners for items with bar codes can be very useful. Fishbowl Mobile is software the is directly available on a scanner device and this can improve accuracy and speed when counting your stock.

2. Measure Twice, Cut Once

Near enough is not good enough.

All locations and items will have to be accounted for when completing a stock take, this will include any consignment stock and items that have been sold that have not been taken out of the shipping area. This can be a difficult process but from within Fishbowl Warehouse a stock take sheet that includes all locations can be printed and make it easier for the workers in the warehouse doing the stock take. It is also important to take into account that packed items that have quantities written on the side may be incorrect and should be opened and recounted to get the most accurate numbers.

3. Updating Your Inventory Software

Now that all the numbers are correct it is time to update your inventory software to reflect these new numbers. Within Fishbowl updating the inventory counts is as easy uploading the numbers from an Excel CSV worksheet.

Now shutting up shop for a full day or taking a weekend to do a stock take may not be possible for a lot of businesses. A solution to this may be doing a rolling stock take. This allows for bin locations or shelves to be completed at different times and can be uploaded at separate times. The same care, if not more, has to be taken but can cut down on the workforce needed and minimises disruption to everyday business processes.

The best way to complete a stock take for your business is to be prepared, have the most accurate numbers and software that can help reduce the human error element. Following these few steps will ensure that you will have the most accurate inventory numbers and minimal disturbance to your business when tax time rolls around.


Are Your Vendors Up To Scratch? – Vendor Report Cards

Do you want to be able to rate your vendors? What criteria should you use and what constitutes excellent performance? In this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday, James Shores answers these questions.

James separates the vendor criteria into three categories:

1. Performance

Is a vendor delivering shipments to you on time? What about the quality of their service? The products should be in the correct quantities and condition. And when you send queries to the vendor, they should respond in a timely manner.

2. Skills

Is your vendor able to keep up with your supply needs? As you grow, the volume of your inventory also grows, and your vendors need to keep pace with you. Are they giving you the best price or volume discounts? It might be a good idea to shop around and compare prices. How are they on backorders? You need goods quickly and you don’t want to have to have a lot of delays on your vendor’s side.

3. Feedback

Keep track of how many parts and products you have to scrap after it comes in damaged from your vendor. Also, tally the number of complaints you get from customers about products. You can even survey your employees on how they feel about using materials from certain vendors.

Vendor Report Cards

All of this helps you build a Vendor Report Card. You can see your vendors’ strengths and weaknesses and decide which ones you want to continue doing business with. You can also find areas to improve your relationship with them.

Measuring vendors’ performance leads to positive results because you can spot problems quickly and make other changes for the better.

Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse are invaluable tools in the process of creating a Vendor Report Card. They track a lot of this data and allow you to see how all of your vendors are performing in real time. Schedule an online demo of Fishbowl to learn more.

This post comes from Robert Lockard in the States and you can check out more of his blog posts at blog.fishbowlinventory.com.

Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts: A Great ERP Solution

Reckon Accounts and Fishbowl inventory software provide the perfect, out of the box ERP solution.

No ERP Needed: Reckon Accounts, Fishbowl and Your Business.

Beachport Liquid Minerals came to Fishbowl looking for a replacement to their Enterprise Resource Planning software that wasn’t meeting their requirements, or helping them reach their business goals. Beachport found that their previous ERP solution was rigid, the financial reporting was difficult to use and the ongoing costs of the software, as well as the support costs, were becoming un-sustainable. Beachport Liquid Minerals found themselves in dire need of a inventory and accounting solution that was user friendly and cost effective.no-erp

The business reviewed different software packages that were in the market but after being demonstrated the strength of Fishbowl and Reckon Accounts, the obvious choice was to replace their existing ERP software package with the combination of Fishbowl Manufacturing and Reckon Accounts Premier. Beachport Liquid Minerals found immediate success with this change, on multiple fronts:

1. Financial Reporting – Reckon Accounts Premier offered a comprehensive accounting and financial reporting solution that most importantly was easy to use. The flexibility of the financial reporting available meant that management could drill down to the information they needed instantly.

2. Operationally the business say many processes improve through the functionality that Fishbowl offered.
a. From more accurate tracking of Manufacturing processes, costing of production giving the true cost of products, resulting in better margin reporting
b. Batch tracking of raw materials and finished goods meaning that they could improve Quality Assurance procedures
c. Ability to accurately track stock levels across multiple locations including the ability to set reorder points in each individual warehouse meaning the business could more accurately manage stock transfers and replenishments to ensure that they were able to fulfill customers order IN FULL, ON TIME.

3. Instant financial savings. The investment made on the implementation of Reckon Accounts Premier and Fishbowl Manufacturing was a fraction of the ongoing spend that was being made on the existing ERP system.

4. User Support through membership in Fishbowl’s Ocean Support program which provides confidence to staff that when they had a question then they could instantly have their questions addressed..

To learn how Reckon Accounts and Fishbowl can work as an inventory and accounting solution for your business, visit the Fishbowl website here or give the office a call on 1300 785 755 in Australia or 0800 785 755 in New Zealand.

If You Are Buying Inventory Software For The First Time, Read This!

According to research conducted by the company Software Advice, a massive 96 percent of businesses looking to buy inventory management software are first-time buyers.

Software for the Long Term

That makes sense. You want this to be the first and last time you purchase inventory management software. Only a small number of companies wind up going back and looking for a replacement for their outmoded inventory and manufacturing solution.

Having to purchase new inventory management software after just a few years is an expensive and time-consuming proposition. Companies should do thorough research to find a flexible solution that can meet their needs in the short term and long term.

Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouseinventory software buy fit that bill. They offer flexible inventory management features that can grow as a company’s needs increase. That way, you don’t have to learn a new system every few years, but you can stay with the same one and simply add new functionality when you need it.

Replacing Old Inventory Management Methods

The study also found that before they purchase inventory management software, these organizations use the following tools to keep track of their inventory:

  • 36 percent use QuickBooks or other accounting software
  • 35 percent use Excel or other spreadsheets
  • 14 percent were using an ERP or something similar
  • 11 percent use a pen and paper
  • The rest don’t have a method for managing their inventory

Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse have a lot to offer potential buyers in each of these categories.

  • They are the No. 1 manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users
  • They can import data from Excel spreadsheets and also export data into spreadsheets
  • Fishbowl is much cheaper than an ERP, but it can do pretty much everything that a small or medium-sized business needs, especially with its QuickBooks integration
  • Fishbowl saves a lot of time by automating ordering and other inventory management processes, and it keeps records accurate and updated
  • If a company has no way of managing its inventory, now is a good time to start with a powerful software solution that can serve them for years

This is the first in a series of six blog posts where I’ll be talking about what buyers are looking for in inventory management software, based on a study by Software Advice. Come back next week for the second part when I’ll talk about best-in-class vs. integrated inventory solutions.

This blog post comes from our friend in the “United States, Robert Lockard.