Fishbowl Inventory Review - why 4.2 stars?

Shlomi Lavi / updated: Aug 16, 2020

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What is Fishbowl Inventory?

Main category: Inventory Management

Fishbowl Inventory software is a cloud-based and on-premise Manufacturing & Inventory Management platform for QuickBooks. The software helps to streamline business operations in any company in all industries. It integrates with multiple third-party programs such as QuickBooks, Shopify, Zero, ShipStation, Amazon and more.

Some key features of Fishbowl software include multi-channel management, reorder management, reporting/analytics, supplier management, and warehouse management among others. Fishbowl software is a product by Fishbowl Company founded in 2001.

The system is inventory-centric that offers other many features for asset management, barcoding, raw material management and more. It provides training and support to its users through on-site training and videos, as well as phone and email support.

It offers automation for quotations, ordering and busing processes. The integration with QuickBooks enables its users to combine manufacturing and sales, as well as distribution operations to back office accounting.

Fishbowl Inventory rating -

The rating of Fishbowl Inventory is 4.2 stars out of 5 and the total score is 85 out of 100. The rating and score are based on ITQlick expert review. We publish unbiased reviews, learn more in our score and rating methodology page

Typical Customers

Fishbowl Inventory is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses. It is highly used by wholesale distributors and manufacturers, and is also designed for retail and service industries. The product gives SMBs a fair chance to an advanced inventory solution that was once available only for large companies. It can be definitely be considered as a smart investment because of its affordable prices. Many satisfied clients have proved the cost-efficiency of the product. It is currently available in the US, Australia and Canada. Some example users are Quality Pet Products, Special Bee, BooJee Beads.

Features

The main features included in Fishbowl are QuickBooks integration, managing multiple locations, order management, inventory management, part tracking, multi-currency, shipping, sales and purchasing and reporting. This functionality allows companies to track numerous products and parts in different warehouses. Seamless integration with QuickBooks offers accuracy and convenience, while the synchronization ability allows fast, accurate and easy data updating.

Fishbowl Inventory is also equipped with bar coding technology, which allows real-time record update. Manufacturing features allow companies to advance production and take control of the assembly process. Operations are enhanced with multi-level billing of materials, custom tracking, flexible pricing and early purchasing. With this software, customizing is easy and helpful. Sales, manufacturing, purchase and work orders can be custom made, as well as return product authorization and pick up tickets. Another important added value is Fishbowl integration with FedEx and UPS that facilitates deliveries.

Fishbowl Inventory 5 Pros

  • Fisbowl Inventory adds important inventory functionality that is not available in QuickBooks
  • Fishbowl Inventory offers excellent customer support options to its users through live chat, forums, training videos and more
  • Fishbowl is an affordable solution that allows SMBs to enjoy the benefits of an inventory management system that used to be available only for large enterprises
  • Fishbowl is easy to use and the team does not leave new users unprepared once the product is set up, providing unmatched assistance
  • Fishbowl supports tracking and inventory of multiple warehouse locations

Fishbowl Inventory 2 Cons

  • Fishbowl Inventory still lacks integration with social media tools, although one management feature could be used for mobile devices through their mobile app add-on
  • Currently only English is supported

Competitors & Alternatives

The two main competitors of Fishbowl inventory software include Allbound and SellerActive Allbound software is a cloud-hosted channel management solution built for organizations looking to create or increase indirect sales channels whereas Fishbowl software is a cloud-based and on-premise Manufacturing & Inventory Management platform for QuickBooks.

Both Fishbowl and Allbound solutions are ideal for large and mid-level companies. Whereas Allbound is a product of Allbound Company, Fishbowl Company owns the Fishbowl software. Fishbowl supports Windows, Mac OS, and Linux while in comparison, Allbound supports Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Unix, IBM OS/400, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris and Web browser (OS agnostic) devices.

SellerActive software is a cloud-based multichannel management system that facilitates the growth of product reach in e-commerce businesses but in comparison, Fishbowl software is a cloud-based and on-premise Manufacturing & Inventory Management platform.

Fishbowl supports large and medium-sized businesses whereas SellersActive will support any size of business from large-to-small. SellerActive works in Windows, Mac, and Web-based devices but in contrast, Fishbowl works best in Windows, Mac OS, and Linux devices. . The full list of competitors can be found here.

Fishbowl Inventory Pricing Information

The cost of license starting from $4,395 per license. On top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate - what is the REAL total cost of implementation? You need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 6 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for Fishbowl Inventory

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Is it the right software for you?

Fishbowl software offers Manufacturing & Inventory Management solutions for companies in the large and mid-level markets. The software supports manufacturing, distribution, retailing, government agencies, financial service, as well as many other industries. Fishbowl is ideal for markets that include Middle-East & Africa, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and the United States.

Fishbowl Inventory Categories

Budgeting & CPM
CM Reporting & Analytics
Distribution Warehouse Management
Employee Engagement
Barcoding
Inventory Optimization
Kitting / Bill of Materials
Work Order Management
Supplier Management
PO: Purchase orders
Retail Management POS
eCommerce

Fishbowl Inventory specifications

ITQlick Score: 85/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.2/5)
Company: Fishbowl
Address: Orem, UT
Pricing: Starting from $4,395 per license
Website:Visit Fishbowl Inventory website
Typical customers: Small business
Platforms: Desktop, Mobile, Cloud
Operating Systems: Mac OS, Windows, Linux

Fishbowl Inventory Features

Email alerts
Data Analysis Tools
Forecasting
Barcoding
Inventory Management

Fishbowl Inventory Vs. Alternatives

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.