Whiteboard Wednesday: Push vs. Pull Manufacturing

To push or to pull? That is the question that manufacturers must answer.

Pushing means that manufacturers create more products than they currently need in order to push them onto store shelves and have them ready for customers to buy at any given moment.

Pulling means that manufacturers only create a product when a customer orders it. This cuts down on carrying costs, saves storage space, and creates a much leaner and more streamlined manufacturing operation. Continue reading

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How to Contact Fishbowl Support

It’s time once again for another helpful training video on working with Fishbowl’s software. Last week we talked about how to get help on technical issues by using the Fishbowl Wiki. This time it’s all about getting a more personal touch from a Fishbowl Support specialist. Continue reading

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Running a Warehouse: 5 Important Factors to Consider

Inefficient warehouses can quickly turn into logistical nightmares of delays, confusion and misinformation. Here are five tips for improving warehouse efficiency and operations that will save you time and money while avoiding unnecessary headaches. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Choosing Merchant Services

It is time once again for an informative episode of Whiteboard Wednesday, Fishbowl’s video series that explains dozens of complex inventory management concepts in just a few minutes.

This week James Shores explains the usefulness of merchant services and some things to consider when choosing your merchant services provider. Continue reading

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Does Your Small Business Need Liability Insurance?

Liability insurance protects small businesses from unforeseen risks, Fishbowl BlogWhile opening a business can hold great promise for increasing profits, investors, business owners, and operators still need to be mindful of the risks presented by owning a business.

Liability insurance provides coverage for a wide range of a company’s daily operations. It can provide coverage in the event of property damage, lawsuits, employee injuries, and claims of slander or misrepresentation. Continue reading

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4 Ways Fishbowl Workforce Helps Small Businesses Comply with ACA (Obamacare) Rules

Fishbowl Workforce helps small businesses comply with the Affordable Care Act by keeping track of their employees' hours, Fishbowl BlogThe Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) kicked into high gear in 2015, requiring certain businesses to offer healthcare to most of their full-time employees.

The ACA’s healthcare requirements apply to Applicable Large Employers (ALE). An ALE is any organization that employs an average of at least 50 full-time workers in the previous year. Figuring out if you qualify as an ALE isn’t as cut and dry as it might seem because there are a lot of factors to take into account concerning part-time workers, seasonal workers, and more. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Rating Your Vendors

How do you judge your vendors? What criteria should you use and what constitutes acceptable performance? In this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday, James Shores answers these questions.

James separates the vendor criteria into three categories: Continue reading

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How to Find What You’re Looking for on the Fishbowl Wiki

Welcome to the sixth video in this series about getting Fishbowl up and running. We’ve talked a lot about the Fishbowl database, and now it’s time to talk about how to get help when you run into problems and need answers to questions.

This video focuses on finding what you’re looking for on the Fishbowl Wiki. There are two main ways to do this: Continue reading

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7th Annual Fishbowl Day of Service Will Help the Forest Service

Fishbowl loves to serve. Every year we devote one day to getting out and serving our local community. We call it our Fishbowl Day of Service.

This Year’s Project

Fishbowl's 7th annual Day of Service will be focused on the Cascade Springs trail, Fishbowl BlogFor this year’s project, we will be traveling to Cascade Springs near Sundance and Heber City, Utah, to assist the Forest Service in cleaning out a plant called watercress from the ponds and other areas of the park. We will also do some repair work on park pathways.

Fishbowl’s Day of Service usually takes place from late July to early September, but this year we have moved it up to Friday, June 5. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Pricing Your Products

Pricing your products is such a basic need when it comes to running a business, it is surprising that it can be such a complex and difficult task to perform.

Don’t worry because James Shores is here to break it down as simply as possible in this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday video. Continue reading

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