Aralco Inventory Management

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Score 7 out of 101

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Aralco Inventory Management

Aralco Inventory Management is well suited for a retail operation with one or two locations that is expanding to 5+. At that point, there is small enough start-up costs and significant benefits available for this software to assist a company with the inventory and POS challenges associated with rapid growth. Aralco Inventory Management is also particularly helpful for retail companies that have complicated sales orders or a sales fulfillment time that is longer than a day or a week.
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Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

The purchasing function is very good - tracking and linking parts to sales orders, shortage reports, and part summaries.
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Pros

  • Retail focus
  • Single source for all inventory control requirements
  • Power-to-cost ratio
  • Training package
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  • Inventory control - provides easy/accurate reports. Also, cycle counts can be done at any time. The warehouse team was easily trained.
  • Sales Orders - Fishbowl allowed us to have the sales orders accessible to everyone and linked the customers' purchase order to the orders and work orders (within the system). It no longer needs to be manually linked.
  • Custom reports - for a small fee we had reports customized specifically for our company.
  • Link to Quickbooks - invoices generated directly after closure of sales order.
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Cons

  • Lengthy set-up process that requires strong management
  • High base hardware requirements (can't be used with just a phone, for instance)
  • Inventory forecasting is not linked to any external or macro forces
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  • In some instances when the sales orders contain "non inventory items," it is difficult to split up these items (i.e. design contract items) once they have been put into the system. The work flow is not intuitive to know what needs to be backed out, etc. For example, if a sales order is placed with a contract for $1000 but the next day we need to bill out only $600 ($400 later) - the entire $1000 gets billed out and can't be retracted.
  • Shipping memos/packing lists - the link between the Quickbooks invoice number would be nice.
  • Adding files to the vendor/part area, so I don't need to go to our PLM system to get the files.
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Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)7.0
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Originally the support for Fishbowl was very poor. It was hard to get anyone to help. In the last 12 - 14 months, it has greatly improved and if it continues this way I would certainly rate it higher.
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Alternatives Considered

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Arena is very powerful and user friendly - but not an inventory control system - yet the bill of materials input far exceeds that of Fishbowl.Fishbowl has improved in the 3 years we have had it. However, there are things with Fishbowl that are still difficult, ie. splitting an order once it has been input, (sometimes it works, other times we wonder what we did wrong). Once a manufacture order has been set it cannot be changed even if a part has to be changed (due to purchase issues), and sales orders don't seem to allow "down payments" - or if it does, it is not easily understood. Fishbowl is far better than our previous Access database system. Tracking parts is much easier.
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Return on Investment

  • Short training time reduced costs and increased sales which increased ROI
  • Less downtime which reduced costs and increased ROI
  • Good customer support which boosts employee morale which leads to efficiencies and higher sales which increased ROI
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  • Overall FBM has saved our company money. Our inventory is more accurate. Previously we used a home grown, Access data base. We have decreased our cost in the inventory/purchasing area by about 15%.
  • Our parts are easier to track in the system - from sales order/purchasing/work order/inventory.
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Pricing Details

Aralco Inventory Management

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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