How Buying U.S.-Made Parts Can Benefit Your Manufacturing Business

Made in America is back in style in manufacturing, Fishbowl BlogFor years, conventional wisdom has held that outsourcing work to countries with inexpensive labor can save businesses money. Lately, however, talk has turned to “reshoring”—buying the components you need in your manufacturing business from suppliers based in the United States. The following are some of the benefits the manufacturing industry can reap through buying domestic. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: What Is a Barcode Scanner?


We’ve answered quite a few questions in these Whiteboard Wednesday videos, explaining what QuickBooks, Magento, and Dropbox (among others) are. This time we’re going to find out what a barcode scanner is and what it does. Continue reading

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How to Integrate with UPS WorldShip

Last week, we covered how to set up an ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) connection to the Fishbowl database. That’s the basic framework you need in order to move on to other things, such as integrating with UPS WorldShip, FedEx Ship Manager, and Endicia.

In the next three videos in this series, we’re going to cover how to set up the integration with each of these three shipping solutions. We’ll start with UPS WorldShip. Continue reading

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Fishbowl Now Integrates with Xero

Fishbowl integrates with Xero, an online accounting solution, Fishbowl BlogFor years, Fishbowl has been the No. 1 manufacturing and warehouse management solution for QuickBooks users. Now we can add to that impressive accomplishment the fact that Fishbowl also integrates with Xero, an online accounting solution.

Xero is especially popular among small businesses because of its intuitive interface and feature set. And now if you use Xero you can connect it with Fishbowl’s manufacturing or warehouse management software to create one giant business solution.

The following is a sample of the features and benefits of Fishbowl’s Xero integration: Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Inventory Quantity on Hand By Date


In this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday, James Shores discusses something known as “on hand by date.” This is also called a historical quantity because it’s a measure of how much inventory you have on hand on a particular date. Continue reading

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Fishbowl Hosting Fundraiser to Send Supplies to Victims of ISIS

Operation Give is gathering supplies to give to Christians and other refugees in Iraq, Fishbowl BlogOn Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT Fishbowl will host a donation drive called Operation Give, which will send relief supplies to Iraqi Christians and many other refugees who have been driven from their homes by ISIS.

Thousands of Christians, Yazidis, and other people have been forced to flee for their lives because of the advance of ISIS militants into Iraq and Syria. To relieve their suffering, a former U.S. Army interrogator named Paul Holton has helped organize Operation Give and has already raised $20,000. He’d like to keep going and raise more money to help even more. Continue reading

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6 Technological Advances Impacting the Industrial and Warehouse Workplace

Discussions about technology and the workplace often revolve around topics such as e-commerce, social media, and mobile apps. However, technology is also making rapid advances within the industrial and warehouse workplaces. Here are six useful technological advances that are improving industrial companies. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: What Is QuickBooks?


What is QuickBooks? It a pretty simple question, and in this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday James Shores goes over the basics of what QuickBooks is and does for businesses. Basically, it lets you keep track of all of your purchases, sales, and expense reports in one convenient location. Continue reading

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How to Set Up an ODBC Connection to the Fishbowl Database

We have done quite a few of these how-to videos, and they’ve all explored an essential item in getting Fishbowl up and running. Now it’s time to take another big step into the world of Fishbowl’s software by taking a look at how to set up ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) connection to the Fishbowl database. Continue reading

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Why Does Fishbowl Have a Report Store?

Why does Fishbowl have a Report Store instead of just including all of those reports in the software? Good question. I’ll answer that by first explaining a few background details.

Fishbowl has a Report Store so you can pick and choose what reports you actually need, Fishbowl BlogIf you are unfamiliar with it, the Report Store is a part of the Fishbowl website where users can go and buy specialized reports to use with their Fishbowl software.

Reports are extremely important because they allow users to organize the data in Fishbowl in different ways in order to make sense of it. You can use them to manufacture products, spot sales trends, track serial numbers, check part availability, and much more. Other reports can be used to create barcodes, price labels, pick tickets, cycle count lists, and invoices. Continue reading

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