Barcodes: What Are the Different Types?

Here is how different types of barcodes work, Fishbowl Blog

Barcodes are so mysterious, aren’t they? Just one little scan with a red line of the barcode reader, and suddenly you have a bunch of information on a screen. The information includes that product’s price, description, location, and much more. All of this begs the question: how does such a little barcode store so much information? If you have ever been curious about that question, you are about to learn the answer. So exciting!


With Inventory Management, Time Is of the Essence

Time is of the essence with inventory management, Fishbowl Blog
Time is of the essence with inventory management, Fishbowl Blog

Time is of the essence when it comes to managing your inventory. If you have food products or other goods that have a limited freshness period, expiration dates are a must-have tool to track them by. No matter what goods you sell, it’s important to know their lead times and auto reorder points to make sure they don’t run out. And you can enable employees to track their time on the job and schedule tasks to make sure important things are done properly and in a timely fashion.

Let’s talk more about the five time-based inventory management tools we briefly mentioned above to get a feel for why they are so important to your business.


There’s a Fishbowl Report for That

There's a Fishbowl report for that, Fishbowl Blog

Did you know that there is a Fishbowl Store where you’ll find more than 30 reports?

These reports address a huge spectrum of needs. They let companies print barcodes, conduct cycle counts, keep track of firearm sales, monitor monthly revenue goals, and much more.

Let’s talk about these reports, listed in alphabetical order:


Fishbowl Review

Reordering, receiving, and reconciling are much easier when you have more than a pen and paper, Fishbowl Blog
Reordering, receiving, and reconciling are much easier when you have more than a pen and paper, Fishbowl Blog

Fishbowl may be a niche-filler, but it’s no weakling stopgap measure,” says Pam Baker in her review of Fishbowl on “The popular inventory management add-on for QuickBooks does a commendable job keeping inventory assets in full view and on the move for small businesses.”

She does a great job covering Fishbowl’s features and explaining inventory management concepts, so I’ll let her do most of the talking in this blog post and throw in my two cents as needed.

Baker is a much more prolific writer than me. She’s written for newspapers like The New York Times and Knight Ridder, magazines like ComputerWorld and Institutional Investor, and websites like She’s been around the block, digitally speaking. So it’s no surprise that she has a lot of interesting things to say about Fishbowl.


5 Ways You’re Hemorrhaging Money on Product Storage and Transportation

Bucket leaking water, Fishbowl Inventory BlogAn inefficient shipping process or inadequate product storage solution can end up costing much more than many organizations might expect. Businesses seeking ways to curb their spending and keep overhead costs from getting out of hand would do well to reassess their current shipping methods and examine their storage policies. The following list serves to highlight some of the most common situations where waste and inefficiency may end up creating unnecessary financial strain. (more…)

Wholesale Distribution Articles

Wholesale distribution articles, Fishbowl Blog
Wholesale distribution articles, Fishbowl BlogThis is the final article category, and it is the second-shortest of the bunch with just four articles. The page that lists these articles contains quite a long article in itself. Appropriately enough, the Wholesale Distribution category ends with “Tire Inventory Software” because it was through tireless effort that we rewrote and expanded all of the 130+ articles on this website to get them all to at least 500 words. And the results speak for themselves. Let’s get this show on the road: (more…)

Keep an Eye on Your Inventory in the Monitor Module

Take a closer look at what Fishbowl can do for your business, Fishbowl Blog
The Monitor module is laser focused on tracking inventory levels. When a part’s quantity falls below its reorder point, the Monitor module can display it in a way that makes it clear what you need to do. It helps you stay on top of your inventory and prevent shortages. (more…)

The Ins and Outs of the Inventory Module

Easy come, easy go order management, Fishbowl Inventory Blog
Easy come, easy go order management, Fishbowl Inventory BlogThe Inventory module is extremely important. It is where you can update quantities after performing cycle counts. You can move, add, delete, and manipulate inventory in many other ways in this module, and you can also check inventory locations and tracking data. There’s a lot to talk about in the Inventory module, so let’s jump right into it. (more…)

Creating ABC Codes and Tracking Methods in the Part Module

Find out the difference between parts and products in inventory management, Fishbowl Blog
We could keep talking about Fishbowl’s Part module forever; it has that many intricate pieces to it. But all good things must come to an end, and this week we’ll finish talking about the last two major components of the Part module: ABC codes and tracking methods. (more…)

Comparison of Fishbowl and QuickBooks Enterprise (Part 1)

Comparison of Fishbowl and QuickBooks Enterprise, Fishbowl Blog
Comparison of Fishbowl and QuickBooks Enterprise, Fishbowl BlogQuickBooks Enterprise is the top-tier version of Intuit’s popular accounting software. It has the best features available to businesses. Let’s see how the very best QuickBooks has to offer stacks up against Fishbowl. Both offer a great deal of inventory management and manufacturing features, as well as plugins and integrations. Let’s take an honest look at both solutions. When QuickBooks outmatches Fishbowl, we’ll point that out and when Fishbowl outmatches QuickBooks, we’ll point that out, too. We’ll begin by going through many of the inventory management features found in Fishbowl and QuickBooks Enterprise. (more…)