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Likelihood to Recommend

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

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

Wasp Inventory

The Wasp Inventory system is best designed for the small to mod-sized business that is looking to create an inventory system that goes beyond the utilization of paper or Excel options for managing product. Wasp [Inventory] provides an entry-level approach to inventory tracking that is ideal for those who are not looking for an in-depth system that can be utilized for your supply-chain needs. In the case of Wasp [Inventory] it is a very compelling choice for those who are new to inventory and looking to begin the inventory process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wasp Inventory

  • Reporting
  • Ease of use
  • Searching
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wasp Inventory

  • Interface is a little clunky and not really intuitive
Evan Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wasp Inventory

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Alternatives Considered

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wasp Inventory

We looked at numerous other products for inventory control at my organization. However, our biggest concerns were that we had absolutely no prior inventory system outside of Excel. Therefore, we looked at Wasp [Inventory] as our entry-level tool to determine if we could implement an inventory system and develop the appropriate business processes that have been missing. We have successfully done this but are still missing some of the functionality that could take our inventory system to the next level. While I was not initially sold on the cost that a system like SAP would need, when comparing the two products there is a comparable difference between the two. Wasp is that entry-level product for small and mid-sized businesses that might not have the budget for looking at more sophisticated software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Wasp Inventory

  • We're more organized.
  • Allows us to take on more cases.
  • Easier billing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

General

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

Wasp Inventory

General

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

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