API vs. Flat-File for Data Transfers – Which Method Is Better?

API vs. flat-file for data transfers - which method is better? Fishbowl Blog

Making the ebb and flow of data as efficient as possible is a priority, especially if you’re dealing with large volumes of information that are crucial to productivity levels in your business. A number of methods are available to achieve this, and it’s common to have to choose between a flat-file architecture and an API integration.

If you’re struggling to decide, or you’re entirely new to this concept, we invite you to join us as we go over the basic principles of each, and the benefits they bring to the table.


Fishbowl Integrations

Fishbowl offers dozens of plugins, integrations, and products, Fishbowl Blog

UPDATED: July 2022

Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse currently integrate with more than 50 software and hardware solutions:

  • Amazon
  • Android
  • Apple
  • Authorize.Net
  • Avalara
  • BigCommerce
  • Clover Connect
  • DHL
  • Dropbox
  • eBay
  • Endicia
  • FedEx
  • Fishbowl Anywhere
  • Fishbowl Checkout
  • Fishbowl Forecast Module
  • Fishbowl Go
  • Fishbowl Hosted Services
  • Fishbowl Sales Data Module
  • Fishbowl ShipExpress
  • Fishbowl Time & Labor
  • LilyPad Vortex
  • Magento
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Motorola
  • OnTrac
  • QuickBooks
  • QuickBooks Canada
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Payments
  • Reckon
  • Salesforce
  • ShipRush
  • ShipStation
  • ShipWorks
  • Shopify
  • SolidWorks
  • SPS Commerce
  • Symbol
  • 3dcart
  • TrueCommerce
  • Unitech
  • United States Postal Service
  • UPS
  • Volusion
  • Wasp Barcode
  • Windows
  • WooCommerce
  • X-Cart
  • Xero
  • Zebra
  • Zen Cart
  • Zoho CRM

We will go into detail on each of these integrations, how they work, and what benefits they offer Fishbowl users. We’ll begin with Amazon.


Fishbowl Compatibility

Fishbowl works with EDI solutions to allow vendors to work with big retail chains, Fishbowl Blog

Fishbowl isn’t just a powerful inventory management solution for manufacturers, wholesalers, and other business types; it also integrates with dozens of solutions that make it an even more useful tool.

We’re going to cover categories of business solutions that Fishbowl is compatible with. You can read more about them on the Fishbowl Integrations page:

  • Ecommerce Platforms
  • Mobile Solutions
  • Point of Sale Solutions
  • CRM Solutions
  • EDI Solutions
  • Shipping Solutions
  • Hosting Services
  • Merchant Services

EDI 101: A Crash Course

EDI 101 - a crash course, Fishbowl Blog
EDI 101 - a crash course, Fishbowl BlogThe big box retailer that you’ve been trying to get into just agreed to your first big purchase order, but now they want you to implement EDI and you’re uncertain of everything that it requires. Sound familiar? Many of your fellow vendors implement EDI because a major retailer or other key customer demands it. Why? EDI streamlines and improves workflow and it enhances supply chain visibility and predictability. Digital transactions processed through EDI are so efficient that companies that use these systems often give preference to trading partners that already have EDI in place. While it’s true that having an EDI solution can give you an edge in negotiations, EDI can also help support your business’s success in the modern digital retail world. (more…)