You don’t have to be a Kung Fu master to purchase products from vendors. But it certainly doesn’t hurt.
In previous blog posts, I’ve creatively talked about MO (Manufacture Order) and SO (Sales Order). Now it’s PO’s turn. Po, the Kung Fu Panda himself, is here to show Purchase Orders who’s boss. I can’t wait to get started. Continue reading
Here is a brand-new edition of Fishbowl’s Whiteboard Wednesday. In these weekly videos, we talk about topics that affect your business, particularly as they relate to inventory management.
Last time, James Shores showed how to replace bad habits with best practices and now he’s back to share even more good business habits and how to ingrain them in your company.
As with all habits, it takes dedication and time to forge them. You’ll have to work hard to make these things a part of your business. It won’t come all at once and it may not even feel natural at first because you’ve been doing things differently for a while. But if you stick with it, you’ll see a lot of benefits from making your business more efficient. Continue reading
Did you know that the product managers in Fishbowl’s Development team are available most afternoons to speak with customers?
It’s true. Product managers make it a goal to schedule at least one call each afternoon with customers to discuss their ideas for software improvements, what direction it should be going, and anything else they would like to talk about.
At Fishbowl, we thrive on customer feedback. In fact, Kevin Batchelor, Fishbowl’s vice president of product development, wrote a blog post earlier this year entitled “Fishbowl Welcomes Your Requests for Software Enhancements.” Continue reading
Welcome to the newest installment of Fishbowl’s Whiteboard Wednesday. Each week we take a new concept and distill it into simple terms that make it easy to explain in both words and pictures.
In the last episode, Fishbowl CMO Kirk Tanner focused on the importance of strengthening relationships with customers, and this time around James Shores is on hand to explain how to replace bad habits with best practices.
Using an analogy to the game of “Operation,” James goes through six important parts of a business that you need to keep track of. If you’re struggling in any of those parts, you can take heart because James also explains how to improve in those areas. Continue reading
Fishbowl Inventory is a time-saving inventory management solution. It has a lot of options that can help you save even more time and have an easier time handling many of your business operations.
Here are five extremely helpful features in Fishbowl Inventory that you should take advantage of:
One of the most popular features in Fishbowl is its ability to add custom fields to various modules, including customers, vendors, products, RMAs, and parts. This is a big deal because it lets you modify the system to store data in text format, checkboxes, dates, quantities, monetary values, lists, and more. You will find many uses for this remarkable feature. Continue reading
There are many factors that have led U.S. companies to ship manufacturing jobs overseas for the past few decades. These range from lower labor costs to favorable tax policies, better supply chains, and more.
For years Clark Synthesis, Inc. manufactured high-tech audio transducers for movie theaters, underwater sound systems, and military training systems in China. But that changed a year ago when they moved their manufacturing operations back to the United States.
Why did they give up the benefits of working in China to return to the U.S.? Here’s what they told us: Continue reading
It’s time for another exciting episode of Fishbowl’s Whiteboard Wednesday! In this series of videos, you get a variety of useful business tips and information in just a few short minutes.
Last week, Fishbowl CMO Kirk Tanner talked about how to improve your business’ health, and now he’s back to expand upon that idea by addressing the importance of strengthening your relationships with customers.
Communication, consistency, and compensating when necessary are essential parts of creating lifelong customers. Kirk goes into detail on each of these points and more in this video: Continue reading
Whether you own an enormous warehouse or operate an online store, overseeing the constantly changing flow of items coming into and going out of your possession is the foundation of a profitable company. If you sell physical inventory, you must maintain that inventory. Coming out of the inventory management process with a clear perspective on how you might be able to improve sales is not a goal that’s difficult to achieve.
Location, Location, Location
Strong inventory management – with the help of intuitive inventory software – should help paint a clear picture of the regional dispersal of your products. When you see a complete portrait of where your inventory is going, you can identify which parts of the country – or state or region – are responsible for the majority of purchases of each specific item. This can be the basis for any structural changes in your regional ad campaigns, as it becomes clear which areas are saturated with your products, where they’re starting to catch on, and which areas simply aren’t buying. Continue reading
Motivational speaker Chad Hymas came to Fishbowl last week and shared some inspiring advice for people facing serious problems.
More than a decade ago, Hymas suffered a terrible accident that paralyzed his legs and hands. If anyone had a right to wallow in self-pity, he did. But with the help of his family, he found a better way to respond to this challenge.
He boiled down the process of how to rise up from a terrible tragedy to three steps: Continue reading