Fishbowl isn’t just a powerful inventory management solution for manufacturers, wholesalers, and other business types; it also integrates with dozens of solutions that make it an even more useful tool.
We’re going to cover categories of business solutions that Fishbowl is compatible with. You can read more about them on the Fishbowl Integrations page:
- Ecommerce Platforms
- Mobile Solutions
- Point of Sale Solutions
- CRM Solutions
- EDI Solutions
- Shipping Solutions
- Hosting Services
- Merchant Services
Do you have an ecommerce business or do you sell at least some items online? You would definitely benefit from a solution that helps you automate the online selling process.
Fishbowl integrates with the following ecommerce platforms:
Fishbowl’s integration with these ecommerce platforms allows you to quickly update your inventory records after you make sales, get the pick/pack/ship process started as soon as a customer places an order, and more.
If you want to check your inventory levels, order more products, or perform other inventory control tasks while you’re away from a desktop computer, Fishbowl can make it happen.
With an app called Fishbowl Go, you can perform cycle counts, update inventory records, place orders, and much more. In addition, you can access Fishbowl through the following mobile devices:
When you’re on the go, you can still stay in control of your inventory through Fishbowl’s compatibility with mobile hardware. You can do pretty much everything you could on a laptop or desktop computer on a smartphone or tablet.
POINT OF SALE SOLUTIONS
An important part of doing business is accepting payment from customers. If you run a distribution business and you’d like to open your warehouse to retail customers as well, you’ll need a good point of sale system. It helps if this point of sale system integrates with your inventory software.
Luckily, Fishbowl offers a point of sale solution that is:
- Touchscreen ready.
- Compatible with several merchant services, including CardConnect, Authorize.Net, PayPal, and Square.
- Able to scan barcodes.
- Integrated with Fishbowl to update inventory records when sales are made.
This point of sale solution is called Fishbowl Checkout. It allows you to make sales directly to customers just like any retail store. Now that’s convenience money actually can buy!
CRM stands for customer relationship management. A CRM lets you monitor your customers’ progress from first contact to final sale and then also keep track of later purchases and other interactions with them.
Fishbowl is compatible with one CRM solution, and it is the biggest one in the industry: Salesforce.
You definitely want your CRM and inventory management software to work together because otherwise your salespeople may accidentally make sales that you don’t have enough products to fulfill.
Thanks to the Fishbowl for Salesforce app, Fishbowl integrates directly with Salesforce. That means that when salespeople are out in the field or sitting at a desk, they can check up-to-date product numbers so they don’t wind up overpromising. They can also get the ball rolling on the order fulfillment process and generate reports on how their orders are coming along.
The bottom line is that by using a CRM and inventory management software together, you can build better relationships with your customers and improve your retention rate.
So you’ve got a bunch of great products and you’re looking to make the leap into the big leagues, doing business with some of the biggest retailers like Target and Walmart. What’s the most important thing you need to get? An EDI solution!
EDI stands for electronic data interchange, and it is essential to wholesale distributors, manufacturers, and other businesses that ship lots of goods to retailers. Big retailers won’t even do business with you unless you have an EDI solution.
What an EDI solution does is it takes all of the information about an order that you need to send to retailers and it formats it to meet their specifications.
Fishbowl is compatible with these EDI solutions:
Every retailer is different and they have their own unique forms. By using an EDI solution, you can gain access to new retail opportunities and make sure all of your T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted.
Order fulfillment involves shipping the right products to the right people in a timely manner. Having a reliable shipping solution is a huge help in making this happen smoothly.
Fishbowl integrates with both carriers and shipping software solutions to facilitate this process:
- Fishbowl ShipExpress
- United States Postal Service
While Fishbowl works just fine with FedEx and USPS, UPS is in a whole other category. Fishbowl is certified as UPS Ready, meaning that UPS shipping features are embedded in Fishbowl’s interface. So you can get shipping quotes, schedule shipments, and much more without opening a Web browser or leaving Fishbowl.
Hosting your data in the cloud is a smart idea. That way, you don’t have to worry about someone stealing files from your computers, losing files in a computer crash, or otherwise having information compromised. You can also gain easy access to all of your data and software from practically any device and in any location where you have an Internet connection.
Fishbowl works with these hosting services:
These providers let you safely store your inventory files and open Fishbowl on any computer instead of being tied to the one in your office or warehouse. They can be a big boost to your productivity and bottom line.
Merchant services allow businesses to accept credit and debit card payments from customers. That’s an integral part of having a successful business, especially when you think about how many people pay with plastic instead of paper and coins.
Fishbowl is compatible with a number of merchant services providers:
It pays to have your merchant services connected with your manufacturing and warehouse management software because then you can keep better track of everything that’s leaving your store and when you need to reorder items.
FISHBOWL’S OTHER COMPATIBILITY CATEGORIES
We’re coming to a close, but before we go we should mention that, in addition to all of the categories listed above, Fishbowl also integrates with:
- Accounting solutions, e.g., QuickBooks, Avalara, Xero, and Reckon.
- Operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and iOS.
- An online time clock solution called Fishbowl Time & Labor.
- A manufacturing solution called SolidWorks.
- An online file storage platform called Dropbox.
- A cannabis tracking system called METRC.
If you’d like to see all of the programs in these categories listed in a nicely ordered format, be sure to check out the Fishbowl Integrations page.
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.