What Is Fishbowl?

Elevate your inventory management with real-time data while reducing costs and maximizing profitability. Fishbowl’s complete manufacturing and inventory management solution automates and simplifies the manufacturing process. Fishbowl’s inventory management includes advanced work orders, material requirements planning (MRP), bills of materials, barcode scanning, and can be easily deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud.

Who Uses Fishbowl?

Fishbowl is the #1 Manufacturing and Warehouse Management Software that seamlessly integrates with QuickBooks and offers secure & cost-effective inventory management to manufacturers and so much more.

Where can Fishbowl be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • Fishbowl
  • Located in Orem, US
  • Founded in 2001

Fishbowl support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Australia, Canada, United States

Languages

English

Fishbowl pricing

Starting Price:

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  • Yes, has free trial
  • No free version

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About the vendor

  • Fishbowl
  • Located in Orem, US
  • Founded in 2001

Fishbowl support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Australia, Canada, United States

Languages

English

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Features of Fishbowl

  • 3PL Management
  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounting Software
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Backorder Management
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bills of Material
  • CRM Software
  • Capacity Planning Software
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Channel Management Software
  • Check-in/Check-out
  • Contact Database
  • Cost Tracking
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Document Management Software
  • Employee Management
  • Expiration Date Management
  • For Retail
  • For Small Businesses
  • Forecasting
  • Inventory Auditing
  • Inventory Control Software
  • Inventory Management Software
  • Inventory Optimization Software
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Item Management
  • Kitting
  • Label Templates
  • Material Requirements Planning
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Entry Software
  • Order Fulfillment Software
  • Order Management Software
  • Order Tracking
  • Point of Sale (POS)
  • Product Identification
  • Production Scheduling Software
  • Production Tracking
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Purchasing & Receiving
  • Quality Management Software
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • Real Time Data
  • Receiving/Putaway Management
  • Recurring Orders
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retail Inventory Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Sales Forecasting Software
  • Sales Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Serial Number Tracking
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Supplier Management
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Traceability
  • Warehouse Management Software
  • Work Order Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • eCommerce Management

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Reviews of Fishbowl

Average score

Overall
4.2
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.1
Value for Money
4.1

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Conrad
General Manager in
Business Supplies & Equipment, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Quality Software for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

4.0 7 months ago

Comments: We have been using Fishbowl Inventory since 2011 and while it has been quite an eventful journey we have seen definite improvements over the years in stability and ease of use.

Pros:

QuickBooks integration is probably the feature I appreciate the most about Fishbowl. Any small to mid sized business that is outgrowing QuickBooks inventory management features but doesn't want to pay the price of an all-inclusive ERP program targeted for larger corporations should consider Fishbowl Inventory. The ability to track inventory by location, assign multiple vendors to one item, create intuitive bill of materials items that are as simple or complex as you wish, add multitudes of pricing rules for your products and customers, assign reorder points and order up to levels for your parts to quickly reorder items that are low, Fishbowl plugins that connect to a wide range of third party programs, I could go on for a long time about what there is to like about this program. Their support has definitely improved over the years as well, with a response to a support ticket usually within the hour.

Cons:

One inherent weakness with Fishbowl is the QuickBooks export connection. Fishbowl has made tremendous improvements in this area since we first started using it, but there are still multiple times that we need to restart the connection before running an export. To be fair, this may be as much QuickBooks' problem as Fishbowl's. The software also tends to be buggy after new releases. Again, they have improved lightyears over what they were 8 years ago, but still be prepared to have some weird things happen occasionally when a software update is released. Also, Fishbowl only has rudimentary accounting functions and leaves the majority of accounting related tasks to QuickBooks. This can create accounting headaches and even nightmares if the wrong QuickBooks accounts are assigned to items in Fishbowl. I do miss the QuickBooks ability to map transactions directly to expense accounts. In Fishbowl, you must create an item and then map it to the correct QuickBooks expense account, which again asks for accountant's nightmares.

Michelle
Custom Orders Dept. in US
Apparel & Fashion, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

A Great All Around Product For Inventory

5.0 10 months ago

Comments: Fishbowl has helped us save money by being able to control everything from inside and not having to hire multiple 3rd parties to make connections. Fishbowl continues to add and upgrade the software to what consumers ask for.

Pros:

Fishbowl software is easy to use. I like that you always have step by step instructions and some videos to help guide you. If you don't find what you are looking for, all it takes is an email, and support helps you as quickly as they can.

Cons:

The only negative issue I have while using Fishbowl software is with the reports. Even though they have multiple reports to choose from, I feel as some of them can be upgraded to include more than one product a t a time. Example, when searching for a product that was sold on a particular day, and you have more than one size of the same product, it would be nice to be able to select as many products as you want to look at versus one at a time.

Fishbowl Response

9 months ago

Thank you so much for this review, Michelle. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We are happy to hear that your experience has been satisfactory and will take your suggestions into consideration while we continue to make improvements.

Louis
Purchaser/ Project Manager in US
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

Fishbowl Manufacturing Software has proven an invaluable inventory management tool for our team.

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Fishbowl Management software has offered our team a complete supply chain management and physical sales tracking system in one convenient system . In this time especially , we understand that organization and efficiency are paramount to surviving let alone prospering and we are thankful to Fishbowl for helping.

Pros:

Our team found both these ease of use and relative ease of integration to be among the most attractive components of Fishbowl. The variety of modules allow close monitoring of essentially every aspect of physical asset tracking . With Fishbowl we can organize warehouse parts inventory , print labels,and organize purchase orders which organizes our supply side. Fishbowl's sales side module allows for effective tracking of lead times as well as sales item forecasting so we are never behind on available inventory .

Cons:

Fishbowl Manufacturing software at this time time requires the use of a server which we had to supply . In exchange for all other features , we see this as a nominal and not inconvenient requirement as at the time we were adding new computer assets. This requirement may not suit all smaller companies.

Alternatives Considered: kintone and Finale Inventory

Reasons for Switching to Fishbowl: We selected Fishbowl Inventory Management software over alternatives for its comprehensive module options which allow for a complete organization of our office and warehouse now optimized with a primary consideration to sales output and production. We could not ask for more in this area of business operations.

Fishbowl Response

last year

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review, Louis. We appreciate your business and are happy to know that your experience has been satisfactory.

Cassie
VP in US
Warehousing, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

FB has abled our business to grow from a home based co. to a 10,000ft fully functioning warehouse

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: Being able to operate above and beyond to what we used to. We can now compete with our competitors

Pros:

I absolutely love that FB is easy to use and easy to teach. It has all the features that our company uses daily. Examples include customer pricing rules, customer "numbers" or customer sku's, Auto PO function, The import/export feature has been a God-send when we need to import products to our website or send information to our customers. The substitute feature is very helpful too. We also really love how we can create custom fields within every module. I really love how the FB team remembers our company when we call and goes above and beyond when we have a hiccup or questions. We can thank FB for some of our company's success. W/o being able to correctly track inventory and use it for daily operations, we wouldn't be operating at the level we are today.

Cons:

There aren't things that I like "the least" but there are things I wish FB offered/had that would help our type of business/company. This includes: 1) Since we are a product distributor, we provide a lot of our customers w/ "quotes." FB has the ability to create an "estimate" but no way to store it or look back at it for reference. Pricing rules are essentially only created in our line of operation when a customer begins buying a product. So, we have to create "quotes" on excel sheets and save them on our network folder. So it would be easier if it was all w/in FB. Or if there was a different section from pricing rules that you could make a pricing rule? If that makes sense 2) Wish we could customize reports that are staples of FB w/o paying high dollar. For ex. the packing slip should have a signature line or at least the option to include it. Or there should be options on layouts or what columns to include. Also, we've gotten feedback from customers on how they wish the item # and description where split into different columns. 3) If FB alerted a user if a sales order has been in the system for "x" amount of time. Like a dormant SO in FB 4) Be able to sort the packing slip. Ex. by Item #, customer #, item description, etc. 5) Had a UNSPSC code field. We've found that this is going to be an important code for future web sales.

Christy
Owner in US
Retail, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Using Fishbowl for a year

5.0 6 years ago

Comments: I've been using Fishbowl for the past year. I bought it for a few reasons. One of the biggest reasons for me was because it can allow me to save credit card information for clients who continually order through our company. Another reason I liked it, is because I could place orders from anywhere using one of the plug ins. But the biggest reason I purchased it is because of it's accuracy in inventory, and because of the depth of the software features, I know that when I expand and have more than one location, a warehouse full of vases, ribbon, and potentially open a wholesale location for a facet of the industry in addition to the flowers, I'm not going to outgrow the software. I'm not even using all the features right now, but I can't wait until my small flower shop is big enough to have 3-4 locations, and use the reorder points! I know that sounds silly, but the software has been so nice because I can scale it for what I need now, and grow into it. And it's PAID for. That always feels nice :)

Pros:

Encrypted credit card capture to charge recurring clients Stores pictures of the products that we sell Easy to add parts and products Lots and lots and lots of reports--- I don't think I've even opened half of them yet! I like how many features it has even though I don't use them all... it makes me think "When I get that far, then I can use this software to {fill in the blank} it's nice to know I literally have no limitations

Cons:

I haven't found anything yet!