What are the most important inventory management features that potential software buyers are looking for? According to a survey conducted by research company Software Advice:
- 50 percent want basic inventory control features
- 30 percent want barcoding and scanning
- 12 percent want reporting features to help them forecast buying trends
- 5 percent want QuickBooks integration
- 3 percent want lot tracking
- Another 3 percent want kitting
Having inventory doesn’t automatically make someone an expert on inventory management, no more than having a baby instantly makes someone an expert on raising children. You need to figure out what works for you and your business.
Fishbowl is now offering a new training program in addition to its usual one. Normally, Fishbowl sends inventory specialists out to train customers on how to implement Fishbowl Manufacturing, Fishbowl Warehouse, and other software we provide.
This new training program teaches businesses inventory management best practices. It helps businesspeople learn how to:
The title of this blog post sounds like a friendly greeting, doesn’t it? How you been, buddy? Actually, I’m not going to talk about social etiquette or slangy grammar, but about how to track inventory in multiple locations by bins.
Bins are exactly what they sound like. They are containers that hold parts, products, and other items that a company uses, sells, and needs to track. You can stack bins, put them side by side, and organize products in them by size, type, popularity, etc.
Fishbowl is an inventory tracking solution that allows you to find and store inventory by location, including by bins. The Fishbowl Wiki article entitled “Location” notes: Continue reading
Whether you’re looking for the best inventory software in its class or an integrated suite of related software solutions, Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse are great options for you.
Best-in-Class Inventory Solution
According to research by Software Advice, 73 percent of potential inventory management software buyers are looking for software that only performs inventory management tasks.
Fishbowl offers comprehensive inventory management options that give small and medium-sized businesses the same features found in much more expensive solutions, including: Continue reading
Is it redundant to say RMAs are amazing? Perhaps. But a lot of people don’t know about RMAs and their usefulness to a business, so I’m going to explain what they are and why they live up to their amazing name. Continue reading
Grocery shopping. Everyone has to do it on a regular basis, whether it’s for fresh fruit, dairy products, toiletries, etc. Thankfully, there are some things you can just buy once and then almost never have to worry about buying more of them.
I’ve come up with a list of 10 common household items that I have never had to buy more than one of – and I’m married and have three kids, so it’s not like I’m a hoarder who never uses these items. As a bonus, I’ll relate this to inventory management software so stay tuned for that at the end.
Let’s go down the list in alphabetical order: Continue reading
According to a study conducted by research company Software Advice, a whopping 96 percent of companies looking to purchase inventory management software are first-time buyers.
Software for the Long Term
That makes sense. You want this to be both the first and last time you purchase inventory management software. Only a small number of companies wind up going back and looking for a replacement for their outmoded inventory solution.
Having to purchase new inventory management software after just a few years is an expensive and time-consuming proposition. Companies should do thorough research to find a flexible solution that can meet their needs in the short term and long term. Continue reading
Every year Fishbowl employees take one day to focus solely on others’ needs in our community. We step away from our desks, close our office, go outside, and start serving people. We call this our Fishbowl Day of Service. It’s one of our favorite traditions.
We’re excited to announce our 6th annual Day of Service! This time around we will go to Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, Utah on September 5, 2014.
This project will be unique from all the others we’ve done in the past. We usually go and paint walls, clean up areas, landscape, and do other things with our hands. But this time we’ll go to the Central Utah Veterans Home and serve the men and women who have fought for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. Activities will include interviewing veterans, recording their stories, playing games with them, and doing some minor projects at the facility. Continue reading
To stay competitive, your small business needs to be as efficient as possible, and efficiency starts in your stockroom. Whether you’ve just started building your stock, or you’re trying to get your backroom under control, here are three tips for keeping your inventory in check.
1. Get Organized
The first step in managing your inventory is to create a workable system. Clean out and organize your stockroom. Take a look at your records to get an idea of areas that need improvement. Here are some simple ways to make your inventory process more organized: Continue reading
Over the past five weeks I have answered five big inventory management questions. I’ve compiled them here so you can easily access all of them. I’ve even condensed my answers for each of them into just a simple paragraph.
How do I manage a warehouse?
You need to keep a close eye on lead times, optimize your warehouse layout to make picking more efficient, train your workforce on the correct procedures and software, and have the right tools for the job. Continue reading