You can click on the links to learn more about each of the wholesale distribution topics listed above or you can stick around on this page to get more detailed explanations of them. Each of the bullet points deserves to be fleshed out, and that’s what we’re going to do.
See the entire warehouse management process – Warehouse management is more than just what is on the shelves. It also includes orders being received into the warehouse and orders leaving the warehouse. As for the warehouse itself, Fishbowl allows you to minimize carrying costs and drill deeply into the data to discover new ways to boost the entire warehouse management process.
Run a more efficient warehouse – Inventory isn’t meant to be stored in a warehouse forever, so it’s important to keep everything moving efficiently. You can run reports to see which items are frequently purchased together and then position them next to each other in the warehouse. In fact, you can restructure your entire warehouse to maximize efficiency and make the most of the limited space.
Integrate Fishbowl and QuickBooks – Fishbowl integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks to automatically transfer data on a scheduled basis. After a sales order is received or a purchase order is processed in Fishbowl, it gets transferred to QuickBooks, which makes the appropriate adjustments to the general ledger and generates any invoices or other documents that might be required.
Orders automatically updated between shopping cart and Fishbowl – As soon as a customer makes a purchase through your account on, say, Amazon it automatically gets sent to Fishbowl, which informs you that it’s time to start the order fulfillment process. You can pick, pack, and ship orders faster when you have Fishbowl’s business automation platform in place.
Tracking information is automatically updated – Fishbowl works with shipping solutions, such as UPS, USPS, and FedEx, to generate shipping estimates and tracking information. You can make sure packages are in transit and delivered at the right times. In fact, you can even get signature confirmation to be absolutely certain that a package is received by the right person.
Inventory quantities are synced between Fishbowl and multiple marketplaces – Fishbowl integrates with more than a dozen e-commerce platforms, including Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Magento, Bigcommerce, LemonStand, Shopify, Woo Commerce, and Volusion. When a change is made to one, it gets automatically transferred to Fishbowl and then sent out to all of the other platforms to ensure the inventory records are always up to date. That saves a lot of time and prevents problems from committing to the same items to different orders.
Automatically commit inventory for orders – One of the great thing about Fishbowl’s inventory software is that it automates many processes so you don’t have to do them manually. When an order comes in, it’s easy to commit designated items to it with the click of a button and the system automatically updates its records across the board to reflect that change.
Pick, pack, and ship products efficiently – Fishbowl allows warehouse workers to batch pick multiple orders at the same time. That way, they can make one pass through the warehouse and collect everything they need instead of going back and forth several times. Fishbowl integrates with a variety of shipping solutions to make it easier to get shipping cost estimates and let shippers know that a package is waiting for them.
Set up automatic reorder points for products – You can set up automatic reorder points on all of the parts in your warehouse. That way, you don’t have to worry about shortages. Whenever a part or product reaches a low point in its quantity level, you will be alerted that it’s time to order more.
Track inventory in many warehouses – In Fishbowl, you can set up multiple warehouses where you store inventory. These allow you to branch out and track inventory trends by location. If you sell more of a certain item from one warehouse than you do from another then you’ll know which one needs more in the future. You can also transfer items from one warehouse to another.
Save time by locating products quickly – Every aisle, shelf, and bin is tagged and marked in Fishbowl. You can easily find the location of parts on a pick ticket or in other places by simply looking for its designated spot within the warehouse. In addition, you can do batch picks to pick multiple orders at the same time instead of retracing your steps through the warehouse to pick each order individually.
Balance inventory levels across the board – Shortages are a major problem, and they can be minimized with the help of automatic reorder points, as mentioned above. But what about overstock? Increased carrying costs, product spoilage, obsolescence, and other problems can result from having too much inventory on hand. Fishbowl helps you avoid all of that by running reports to plan for seasonal changes in demand and also to only order what you need for a certain amount of time instead of going overboard in one direction or the other.
Get detailed data on parts by scanning barcodes – Fishbowl Go is an app that allows you to print and scan barcodes for every part in your inventory. Fishbowl Go integrates seamlessly with the main Fishbowl software, so it pulls data from your main file and it instantly adds all changes made during cycle counts and other events to Fishbowl Manufacturing or Fishbowl Warehouse.
Eliminate overstocks and shortages – As mentioned above, being overstocked and running out of products can lead to big problems. The solution is to find that sweet spot right in the middle, and that’s what Fishbowl helps you do. Safety stock, lead time, basic stock, and reorder points all come into play to virtually eliminate both overstocks and shortages.
Instantly convert units of measure – Like most businesses, you probably purchase goods in one unit of measure and then sell them in another. For example, you might buy a case of electronics and then sell them individually. You wouldn’t want to accidentally mark a whole case as being sold when you actually just sold a single unit from that case. Fishbowl helps you make these unit of measure conversions so you’ll never have to worry about something like this creating havoc in your inventory and accounting records.