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.
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.
Too Much of a Good Thing
The reason that every report isn’t included in the Fishbowl software when a user purchases it is because they are all so specific that most likely no one would use every single one of them. If they were all in the software, users would be deluged with reports they don’t want or need, struggling to find what they are actually interested in using.
For example, not everyone needs to be able to comply with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ requirement that a business use an ATF Logbook to list the acquisition and disposition data associated with firearm transfers. Only gun manufacturers and sellers would be interested in an ATF Logbook report.
There are also some reports that are similar to others. You don’t necessarily want 10 ways to print barcodes. You’ll probably just want a couple, depending on how you want to print them.
At Fishbowl, we pride ourselves on being flexible and giving users what they need, not just deluging them with everything all at once. You can take advantage of new features as your business grows and you develop new logistical needs.
Fishbowl grows along with businesses, allowing them to effectively manage their inventory and continue working with QuickBooks for many years. In effect, Fishbowl is an affordable alternative for businesses that would otherwise have to switch inventory solutions every few years or, worse, purchase an expensive ERP that is out of their price range and has far too many features.
We Want Your Feedback
Can you think of a report that is not currently in the Fishbowl Store, but that would be extremely helpful to your business? We want to hear from you. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or write us a message on our Fishbowl Ideas Facebook page.
We appreciate your feedback because it helps us improve our software so it’s better able to serve you.
Fishbowl’s Report Store lets users take advantage of advanced features. Check it out by clicking the link above, and see for yourself which reports you’re most interested in. You can pick the ones that are best for your business. The choice is yours!
Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks, and small business. Fishbowl is the #1-requested manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.