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!

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.

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

what to expect Fishbowl 2017

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!

What you need to know about Fishbowl Warehouse

Fishbowl warehouse management software

In this third blog post in our series on What You Need To Know, we look at one of our cornerstone products, Fishbowl Warehouse.

Fishbowl Warehouse has been designed from the ground up to ensure proper inventory management, as it automates everyday warehouse processes, tracks stock across multiple locations, and has more integrations than you can shake a stick at, including; website integrations, Dropbox, eBay, Reckon Accounts, Xero, a web-based time clock, and many, many more.

Fishbowl was established 18 years ago, and since then have been focused on delivering a stable software tool to ensure that small to medium size businesses can track their warehouse processes every step of the way, while supplying data regarding sales, items on backorder, purchase history, average costs, and anything else you would ever need to know.

Fishbowl Warehouse is billed as an inventory management solution for Reckon Accounts and Xero, but also works as a standalone asset tracking product. Having your inventory and accounting connected avoids double data entry, checking credit on customers, up to date reports, and many other benefits.

To learn more and get the full picture on Fishbowl Warehouse visit the Fishbowl website at www.fishbowlaustralia.com.au. And next week we will look at Fishbowl Anywhere, a browser-based solution that allows you to access your inventory from anywhere in the world, on your smart device including your phone, tablet, or favourite browser.

Check out the last two blogs in our series:


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.