Whiteboard Wednesday: Good Ole Fashioned Marketing

The Fishbowl Blog and the Whiteboard Wednesday video series are primarily focused on inventory management topics, but that doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally cover other business topics.

In this week’s video, James Shores shares three tried-and-true means of marketing your products and services: Continue reading

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The Difference Between Parts and Products

We’ve covered more than a dozen ways to get started with Fishbowl and integrate it with other solutions. This week, we’ve got a most essential topic: The difference between parts and products in Fishbowl. Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Popular Pages on the Fishbowl Wiki

Check out the top 10 pages on the Fishbowl Wiki, Fishbowl BlogThe Fishbowl Wiki is an amazing resource filled with information on Fishbowl’s many modules and features. With its hundreds of pages, it might seem a little overwhelming to figure out where to start looking through the Wiki.

So here is a list of the top 10 most popular articles and other pages on the Fishbowl Wiki. This list is, of course, fluid. It won’t stay in this order forever because people are constantly visiting different pages to find answers to their questions. But this is where they stand right now. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: What Is Just in Time?

Just in Time (JIT) is a manufacturing policy that emphasizes leanness. It was developed as a strategy to limit carrying costs by only ordering what a company needs to handle its immediate inventory needs.

Is JIT a good strategy for your company? Well, it is kind of a mixed bag. It’s ideal in some cases, but it can also be quite risky because it doesn’t allow for any error in calculation. Continue reading

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7 UPS WorldShip Tips and Tricks

In our last video, we finished talking about how to get set up with Fishbowl’s many shipping integrations. This week we’re going to dig deeper into one of those integrations and show seven tips and tricks to take full advantage of Fishbowl’s integration with UPS WorldShip. Continue reading

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Latest Fishbowl Software Release Is Loaded with New Features

Fishbowl 2015.8 has arrived, and it really packs a punch! Launched on Thursday, August 13, 2015, this version of Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse has a number of new features that have been highly requested.

Let’s jump right in and start talking about what’s new. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Stop Using Excel!

Excel as an inventory management tool? That might work for a startup, but as you grow you’ll discover that Excel doesn’t have the functionality or flexibility to remain useful for long.

Here are four disadvantages companies face when they try to use an Excel inventory management solution: Continue reading

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How to Integrate with Endicia Professional

Now that we’ve talked about how to set up the ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) and integrate Fishbowl with UPS WorldShip and FedEx Ship Manager, we are ready to cover one more shipping integration: Endicia Professional. Let’s get started! Continue reading

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Are You Up to the Live Big Challenge?

The Live Big Challenge is in memory of Bryan Byrge, Fishbowl BlogBryan Byrge encouraged everyone to “Live Big.” He lived by those words, and even though he’s no longer with us, we honor his memory by participating in the Live Big Challenge.

This year’s Live Big Challenge will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Those that are not interested in biking at all are welcome to come from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be plenty of music, food trucks, and activities for kids. A Memorial Walk around the field will be at noon followed by a raffle and auction.

Also, come meet James (The Iron Cowboy) Lawrence and listen to his story of achieving the impossible challenge of completing 50 Iron Man challenges in all 50 states in 50 days in his quest to uplift and inspire. This is the perfect story of how to Live Big!

The organizers of this event have something special in store for cyclists. Not only will there be a nice, flat 20-mile course and a 40-mile somewhat mountainous course, but this year there is going to be a 101-mile Epic Loop! That last one will definitely live up to its name.

All of these races will begin at the Orem Cemetery Field at approximately 1200 North 800 East in Orem, Utah. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: What Is Xero?

Welcome to another enlightening episode of Whiteboard Wednesday, Fishbowl’s video series that explains inventory management and other business topics in just a couple of minutes.

In this episode, James Shores talks about a most important topic: What is Xero? The short answer is that Xero is an online accounting solution that many small businesses use to keep track of their finances. It is user friendly and it can be accessed on virtually any device, whether it runs Windows, iOS, or Linux operating systems. Continue reading

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