Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse help you to manage your inventory like big businesses. You don't have to wait until you are as big as them to match their abilities. Fishbowl gives you access to the same features big businesses enjoy for a much lower price that you can afford.
ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING VS. INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
Because they are so complex, big businesses often use expensive inventory planning software (also known as enterprise resource planning or ERP) to keep track of their many products and to avoid production delays and stockouts. The thing is that an ERP does so much more than regular inventory software that is available to small and medium-sized businesses. In addition to inventory management and asset tracking, an ERP also has features that help with accounting, business intelligence, corporate performance, customer relationship management (CRM), e-commerce, human resources, sales, etc. That is a big reason why ERPs are so expensive and why large companies and other kinds of organizations are willing to shell out the big bucks for them. They handle pretty much every area of a company’s operations under one roof.
Unfortunately, most small businesses can’t afford to pay for the same expensive software big businesses use to help them proactively plan their inventory management. They must find another way to stay on top of consumer demand and effectively manage their inventory. Most small businesses would not even have much use for the vast majority of the features found in the ERPs that large corporations use, anyway. If you mainly need an inventory management solution that integrates with your accounting software, such as QuickBooks, you can find something much less expensive than an ERP and you will find it to be perfectly up to the task.
A ROBUST TOOL
A good way to gain access to the inventory management features you need is with Fishbowl. Fishbowl offers inventory planning software with all of the features you need, from multiple location inventory tracking to barcoding to automatic reorder points, and many others. And it does these things at a relatively low cost. Fishbowl is a robust tool that can grow alongside your business, giving you more advanced features as you require them. It offers dozens of integrations to other business solutions to help with accounting, business intelligence, customer relationship management, e-commerce, sales, and more. With all of these integrations, you can use Fishbowl practically like an ERP, but at a fraction of the price.
With Fishbowl, you can use barcode readers to quickly order products, receive them, and pick, pack and ship them to customers. You can also apply all of the changes you make to your inventory to QuickBooks on a scheduled basis. Run as many exports from Fishbowl as you like on a daily basis or in whatever time frame you prefer, and it will always keep your accounting records updated. This way, you don’t have to worry about double data entry, and you increase the accuracy of your recordkeeping.
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Instead of paying a high price for a full ERP, small and medium businesses can simply use a relatively inexpensive inventory management solution. That gives them all the tools they need to track their inventory. Then they can integrate it with other business solution to connect to all of the other features they need to automate various aspects of their operations.