Top 5 Fishbowl Add-ons You’ll Want in Your Stocking This Year

It’s that time of year again. The Thanksgiving feast has been consumed, you’ve returned to a mutual understanding with your bathroom scale again, your injuries from Turkeyball are starting to heal (when will I mature enough to remember that my body isn’t 21 years old anymore?), and the stress of “what meaningful, life changing, set-the-bar and anoint me as Husband of the Year gift should I get” has started to set in.

Christmas stocking and piggy bank, Fishbowl Inventory BlogOr maybe that’s all just me.

Have you thought about what to get for your business? How about something that will be meaningful, impactful, and enhance employee and customer satisfaction, all the while improving productivity and profit margins?

Ho Ho Ho! Fishbowl Claus is here to help! Here are the top 5 available Fishbowl Inventory add-ons that you’ll want to find in your business’ stocking this year!

1. Mobility with Hosting Services

In this technologically advanced day and age, it’s not feasible, necessary or profitable to be tied to a physical desk from 9-5, Monday through Friday.  You want to be able to access critical information from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or mom’s computer, anytime of the day or night. No need to run into the office – you want it on the subway, in the cab, at the dining room table or even while in the stands at the big game.

Consider adding Hosting Services to your Fishbowl package! Faster than magical reindeer, these services provide 24/7 access to Fishbowl Inventory features from any internet-enabled location, and include top-level security and backup/restore features that are a must-have for today’s businesses that are on the nice list. Several great providers are available, so feel free to pick the one that is right for you!

2. Enhanced Productivity Tools That Integrate Directly with Fishbowl

Keeping with the Mobility theme, you’ll love these Tablet Apps that have been designed specifically for Fishbowl to make your life easier. One of my personal favorites is LilyPad by Sharpe Concepts. Designed for use on pretty much all platforms (no Mac® or Windows® haters here), it’s a fantastic tool to empower your mobile sales force with. Add customers, create orders, and manage your sales while on the go from almost anywhere! I bet even Santa would see increased productivity in his annual run with these tools!

3. New and Improved Fishbowl Reports

Have you ever been working in Fishbowl Inventory and thought, “Man, this would be so much easier if I had a report that just showed me x,y,z  the way I need to see it.” Or have you had the boss ask you for information that takes hours to put together and format just the way they want it? Consider having a custom report created!

Sure, if you’re a software developer or a wizard at learning and using IReport® you can probably do something yourself. I’m certainly not one of these who can, though.

These Certified Fishbowl Partners know Fishbowl inside and out, and they also understand business processes. They’ll create the perfect report for you and install it right in your company’s Fishbowl Inventory file. This will have your employees, management and customers singing your praises and looking for the mistletoe above your desk!

4. Shopping Cart Integration for Your Website

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you probably already know that the most successful companies have a branded website where they tout their great products and services. But did you know that there are easy-to-use Fishbowl-integrated shopping carts that allow you to sell your products from your website and will automatically create orders and update everything (including inventory counts) through the fulfillment process right in Fishbowl Inventory? Don’t just advertise on your website – sell, and do it without creating extra work.

You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to add any one of hundreds of popular shopping carts, such as Magento. It beats coal in your business’ stocking, that’s for sure! These integrations are done by certified Fishbowl Partners, like FishBooks Pro, who not only know Fishbowl Inventory, but are experts in business, as well! Brighten your customers’ day by putting your products at their fingertips through a shopping cart on your website!

5. Get Products Through Big Retailers’ Red Tape and Onto Their Shelves

Wouldn’t it be great to put your products on the shelves of big retailers like Wal-Mart®, Cabela’s® and Costco®? Yes, it can seem intimidating, especially considering all of the technological requirements that those companies have that you have to comply with to sell there.

No worries! Fishbowl has some fantastic EDI (Electronic Data Interface) Solutions provided by top partners that use Fishbowl as your business backbone and interface with the big guys, and are compliant with all of their systems! Whether you have high volume sales (a problem a lot of us would love to have, right?) that you would like to be processed automatically, or just a few that would need to be processed, Fishbowl and EDI can do that. Why not get a free EDI Consultation from a Certified Partner today? Going big or going home, as they say, doesn’t have to be hard or cost a fortune!

Well, that’s about it for now. Here’s hoping you’re on the nice list this year. I’m off to find the eggnog and see if Mrs. Claus will take over the present wrapping. Does anyone else hate wrapping as much as I do?

I wish you a very merry holiday season!

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