You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can learn a whole new breed of business automation. It may not be the dog days of summer, but we’re about to learn how you can flea from poor inventory management practices by adopting much better ones.
This includes switching from manual business processes to automated ones with the help of Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse, the #1 manufacturing and warehouse management solutions for QuickBooks. Throw me a bone, and we’ll have a good time as we discuss this in greater detail.
Fishbowl Go is an app that is accessible on virtually any mobile device, and it allows you to use bark-codes for cycle counting, reordering, receiving, picking, packing, shipping, and many other physical tasks in the warehouse. If you’re looking for a product in the warehouse, you can scan its bark-code to find its exact location, right down to the aisle, shelf, and bin number. Bark-codes make sure you’re not barking up the wrong tree.
Orders Scent and Received
Fishbowl’s business automation platform integrates with a variety of e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay, and Magento, to keep them updated. Soon after a sale is made on one website it automatically gets sent to Fishbowl, which records the sale and then sends the updated inventory quantity to all of the other websites. So orders are scent and received across the board. Ah, the sweet smell of success.
Heads or Tails
Fishbowl helps you make heads or tails of your inventory. You can use it to track inventory in multiple warehouses, generate detailed reports to analyze sales and inventory figures by location, and set up automatic reorder points to keep your inventory levels at just the right place. You don’t have to guess about what items to reorder or other key aspects of your business, as though you were flipping a coin for each decision. You can make heads or tails of your inventory every time.
Fetch items from the warehouse quickly by having a solid warehouse setup and a well-defined pick route through the warehouse. A business automation platform helps with planning the warehouse layout to put products that are often picked together in close proximity to each other. Everything will be in specific areas of the warehouse, making them easier to find. So when someone tells you to fetch, you won’t feel the urge to repeat that word in frustration.
Fishbowl helps you know exactly how many items you should reorder to keep your inventory levels at the optimal quantities. With the information Fishbowl provides, you can answer the question, “How many should we reorder?” by saying “‘Kay, nine,” or “‘Kay, 10,” or however many it should be, ‘kay?
Manufacturing’s Best Friend
Just as a dog is man’s best friend, Fishbowl is manufacturing’s best friend. Multilevel work orders, manufacture orders, bill of materials, production stages, and more help you to perform all sorts of manufacturing jobs. These include assembly, disassembly, repair, service, and maintenance jobs. Plus, Fishbowl Time & Labor is an add-on product that can track labor costs and add them to work orders to more accurately estimate the total cost of a finished good. Man, that’s useful.
Let’s paws for a moment and note that when it comes to managing your inventory, selling online, and manufacturing you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Fishbowl is an affordable business automation platform that integrates with QuickBooks. It is an ideal solution for many types of business. So when you try to decide between settling for table scraps by staying with a manual system or going big with Fishbowl, chews wisely.
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.