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Asset Panda

Asset Panda I believe is well suited for even the smallest environment. The pricing for the software is very competitive and worth the value that it brings to solve a lot of problems that normally a lot of companies run into regarding inventory. This product has helped us save money on keeping track of assets that may of otherwise gotten lost and written out. We now know where everything is.
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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

  • Cloud-Based - I can access it anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Mobile App - The mobile app makes life easier with barcode scanning, searching, and even update assets on the go. The best part of the mobile app is I can now capture signatures for assets that users own.
  • User-Friendly - Asset Panda is easy to use out of the box and can be customized for the most complex environments. We built into our site the ability to maintain our credit card machines and utilize and check-in/check-out tracking system and even built into it the ability to audit the devices for tamper checks to update the tamper check automatically.
  • Pictures & Documents - On any asset I can now upload quotes, internal requisitions, receipts, and pictures with each asset! This makes my inventory a one stop shop for all documentation for each asset.
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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

  • Time-out settings on the website should be increased.
  • Image structure on the way they organized photos could be improved.
  • Barcode scanner on a mobile device could be improved.
  • Photo editor could be improved.
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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

Asset Panda is great for fixed assets or small businesses. I have also used inventory in a retail environment where product coming in and out need to be tracked. I wouldn't recommend it for an extremely high volume business.
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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

  • Inventory now has RBAC.
  • Inventory is easily kept up to date with annual verification buttons.
  • Inventory can now use labels and gun scanners for easy reconciliation.
  • Inventory can be searched using any field.
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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

Asset Panda

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

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