Essential Safety Policies for Your Distribution Center

Make sure your distribution center follows these essential safety policies, Fishbowl BlogYour employees’ safety should always be number one in your mind. Even though the warehouse isn’t home to the most severe injuries found in manufacturing, the few things that do occur tend to be extreme. On top of the pain to the employee, such a thing can lead to government fines, lower productivity and increased insurance bills. To keep these issues at bay, make sure your distribution center follows these guidelines. Continue reading

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Find Out Where Fishbowl Is Going

If you want to see where you’re traveling to, what do you look at? A map, of course! And if you want to see where Fishbowl is going, you can visit our Road Map.

See many of the new features that are coming to Fishbowl in future software releases, Fishbowl BlogFishbowl’s customer service representatives and developers are always listening to our customers’ suggestions, which is partly where our Road Map comes from. When enough people share the same idea for what they’d like to see in the software, we listen and we add it to the list of features we are going to add to future software releases.

There are dozens of features on the Road Map. I selected a sample for you to get a glimpse of what’s on the horizon: Continue reading

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Unique Use of Inventory Management Software: Microwave Digestion

Welcome back to this blog series in which we talk about unusual and inventive ways that inventory management software is put to work for businesses. Let’s dive right in with this week’s subject: Milestone Inc.

A Milestone in Chemical Analysis

Microwave extraction devices automate the process of separating and measuring chemicals, Fishbowl BlogMilestone Inc. is headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut. According to their website, “Over 18,000 customers worldwide look to Milestone to improve their metals digestions, organic extractions, mercury analyzers or synthetic chemistry processes.”

In other words, companies that want to test their products for certain chemicals to ensure their safety can use Milestone’s microwave extraction devices and other products to do just that. These devices automate the process of separating chemicals and measuring their levels. Continue reading

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10 Steps to a Healthier Business

Follow these 10 steps to enjoy greater business health, Fishbowl BlogOver the past 10 weeks I have shared 10 steps to build a healthier business. Those 10 steps mainly involve sound inventory management principles.

It has been a long journey, but we have come to the end. Now it’s time to look back and review everything I’ve covered and reveal the point of this exercise. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Reports

Welcome back to Whiteboard Wednesday, Fishbowl’s weekly video series that addresses big inventory management (and other business) issues. In this episode, James Shores talks about the important role reports play in running a business.

Detailed inventory reports can help you spot trends and opportunities in: Continue reading

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Take Note: You Can Now Add Notes to Fishbowl’s Sales Orders

When our customers ask for new features, we listen!

Fishbowl users can now add notes to sales orders as line items, Fishbowl BlogFor example, we got numerous requests for notes to be added as line items on sales orders. In the newest version of Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse, not only can you do that, but you can also display those notes on the Sales Order report.

Why would this be an important feature? Because you may not be able to capture all of the information about a particular sale or customer in the regular fields on a sales order. It could be really useful to have a place to write important notes to help with packing the order, addressing the customer’s concerns, and so forth. This is one of those things that can help personalize customer service so nothing is forgotten through the order fulfillment process. Continue reading

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10 Steps to a Healthier Business (Part 10): Multi-currency

Are you ready for the 10th and final part of this series on how to have a healthier business? I sure hope so because we are about to get started with a discussion of the importance of Multi-currency. Continue reading

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Whiteboard Wednesday: Customer Relationship Management

I’ve talked about CRMs (Customer Relationship Management) on the Fishbowl Blog before. Now it’s James Shores’ turn to explore this very important topic. He does so with his usual wry sense of humor in the Whiteboard Wednesday video above. Continue reading

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Unique Use of Inventory Management Software: Horticulture

Hancock Horticulture Services is responsible for many of the potted plants you see in big retail stores, Fishbowl BlogEvery business has inventory, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that there are a lot of interesting ways that companies put inventory management software to use.

In the past few weeks I have discussed companies that produce bacteria to improve crop health, conveyor belts for poultry producers, and devices to scan human hearts for defects. This week I’ll talk about something a bit simpler, yet still really cool: plants. Continue reading

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10 Steps to a Healthier Business (Part 9): Multiple Locations

Welcome back to this long-running blog series. As you probably gleaned from the title, we are talking about things you can do to make your business more successful in the long run.

We scanned through the importance of Barcodes last week, and now it’s time to move into new territory with Multiple Locations. Continue reading

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