Fishbowl is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. That’s right, Fishbowl has enjoyed 20 years of product development, 20 years of innovation, 20 years of customer experiences, and 20 years of employee knowledge. Come with us as we explore Fishbowl’s history, from its earliest days to its latest achievements.
Fishbowl was created in 20011 in response to a medical supplier’s need for an automated solution to track their inventory. Little did they know at that time that the software they were developing would have broad commercial appeal to many other types of businesses.
The name Fishbowl is a reference to the fact that its software allows total transparency of inventory data. You can look at the same information from multiple angles with the aid of in-depth reports, barcode scanners, and other tools.
In 2004, Fishbowl got its big break when Intuit opened up its marketplace to outside developers. One of the first companies to receive Intuit’s Gold Developer status (its highest honor) was none other than Fishbowl.
Our developers worked tirelessly to integrate Fishbowl with QuickBooks. Doing so opened up a huge market because QuickBooks is the most popular accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. Fishbowl soon became the #1 selling inventory management software among QuickBooks users, and we’ve maintained that top position to this day.
Manufacturing and Warehouse Solutions
Fishbowl started with a single inventory management solution called Fishbowl Inventory. It was mainly for wholesalers and retailers. Later, we created a Manufacturing Option for manufacturers, which was treated as an add-on to the main software.
We kept adding new features over many years. It became clear at one point that Fishbowl was much more than just an inventory solution, so we renamed the two products Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse. They were completely distinct from each other, though they shared many features in common. We now refer to them as two different packages: Fishbowl for manufacturing and Fishbowl for warehouse.
In addition to Fishbowl for manufacturers and Fishbowl for warehouse users, we have also introduced a variety of products to help businesses manage more aspects of their operations. These products include:
- Fishbowl Anywhere – Plugin that makes it possible to access Fishbowl software on virtually any device and from any location.
- Fishbowl Checkout – Point-of-sale solution enabling retailers to receive payments from customers.
- Fishbowl for Salesforce – Integration that puts real-time inventory data in the hands of salespeople out in the field.
- Fishbowl Go – App for Android and Apple devices that allows for mobile manufacturing and warehouse management.
- Fishbowl Hosted Services – Server hosting solution that automatically stores, backs up, and updates inventory data and software.
- Fishbowl ShipExpress – Plugin that offers special discounts with a variety of shippers.
- Fishbowl Time – Online time clock solution for tracking employee hours, PTO, taxes, and more.
Also, Fishbowl integrates with more than 60 business solutions, including big-name accounting solutions, CRM’s, ecommerce platforms, EDI’s, merchant services, and shippers.
Thousands of businesses have benefited by using Fishbowl’s advanced features. And no two stories are the same. Government agencies have used Fishbowl to increase their efficiency and meet budget requirements. Food producers have saved thousands on payroll expenses and improved their order management processes. Medical manufacturers have been able to keep track of their inventory in new and dynamic ways.
This barely scratches the surface of all of the ways businesses, large and small, have implemented Fishbowl to save time and money. You can watch and read dozens of case studies to see for yourself how your own business could profit from Fishbowl’s manufacturing and warehouse management solutions.
In the early days, Fishbowl would physically mail CD’s containing the latest version of the Fishbowl software to new customers. Now, you can simply download the software from the Fishbowl website using your license key.
Training used to be primarily done in person. Fishbowl trainers and implementers would fly out to each new customer’s facilities to get them up and running with the software. Now, most training sessions take place online via video chat. The nice thing about this option is that it’s cheaper, it can be scheduled far quicker, and customers receive a copy of their training that they can reference whenever they hire someone new or have a question they want clarified. Plus, Fishbowl has produced numerous training videos over the years, and it has the finest Documentation Wiki you could imagine to help you understand every aspect of the software.
Whether you’re interested in learning more about a new feature or you’re facing a serious challenge, Fishbowl’s team of experts is ready to help. They have spent the last 20 years learning the software inside and out in order to answer your questions to your satisfaction.
Celebrating Your Success
The fact that Fishbowl has achieved astonishing growth for 20 years isn’t meant to be a self-aggrandizing boast. Our success means your success. Every new business we work with allows us to take a lot of logistical weight off their shoulders so they can focus on what they do best. Fishbowl for manufacturers and Fishbowl for warehouse users are designed to dramatically improve your inventory management processes and more.
We invite you to celebrate your own success by giving Fishbowl a chance to prove its worth to you. Sign up for an online demo of Fishbowl to see all of the ways it can help. Here’s to the next 20 years and beyond!
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.