Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

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Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

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Get set Inventory

8 out of 10
July 01, 2022
Fishbowl's mission is to empower small and midsize businesses to oversee difficult business operations like inventory management and …
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Fishbowl Review

8 out of 10
November 08, 2018
Fishbowl is used by the entire organization. It maintains our inventory and we use it for purchasing, entering sales orders and …
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What is Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)?

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM) is inventory management software targeted by the vendor as a low cost solution for SMB manufacturers, especially when integrated with Xero and Quickbooks as an end-to-end solution.

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What is Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)?

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM) is inventory management software targeted by the vendor as a low cost solution for SMB manufacturers, especially when integrated with Xero and Quickbooks as an end-to-end solution.

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July 01, 2022

Get set Inventory

Score 8 out of 10
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Fishbowl's mission is to empower small and midsize businesses to oversee difficult business operations like inventory management and manufacturing with ease and at a low cost. Fishbowl is the most frequently requested production and warehousing management software.Fishbowl is a small and medium-sized business production and warehousing management solution. Material requirements planning (MRP), job shop floor control, work order administration, manufacturer orders, and bills of materials are all critical components.
  • Optimize cost
  • Material requirement Planning
  • Order Management
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory turnover ratio
  • MRP
  • BOM creation
  • Unified interface
I've utilised Fishbowl for task pricing because determining the exact cost of items can be challenging. That's why Fishbowl allows you to add all of the expenditures, such as machine time, components, and labour, to get a comprehensive picture of the situation. It is also goof in material requirement planning where we calculate planned order receipt and net requirements.
Bobby Greenawalt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use it for inventory management, manufacturing management, product and recipe management for procurement of individual ingredients, allocation, vehicle assignment, costs analysis, and event financials. This helps us move away from spreadsheets and move towards being in the 21st century. Fishbowl Manufacturing is applicable most to all industries. We were not able to use any other platform except for Fishbowl Manufacturing when it comes to what we needed from inventory management software.
  • Inventory Management.
  • Ingredient and Recipe Management.
  • Cost Control and Variation.
  • Useability is a little dated with the UI.
  • Linking some of their modules together that don't currently link
  • A quicker onboarding would be appreciated, but there is a lot to learn so I understand.
Well suited for industries that need to manage inventory or industries that manage their building of goods through recipes and ingredients. This also works great for event management or task-by-task management of costs, profits, availability, purchase orders, and more. The platform is well suited for any industry that I can think of and I'm not aware of a situation where it doesn't work.
Score 3 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use Fishbowl for all our production, purchasing, and order processing. We use Fishbowl in conjunction with QuickBooks.
  • Bill of Materials
  • Inventory Management
  • Reporting: Many of the reports that are provided for free with Fishbowl are useless in the context of everyday manufacturing and production planning. Some reports provide inaccurate information. In order to use get useful and correct reports, outside developers must be paid (a new or modified report may cost anywhere from $150 to $2000)
  • Customer service can be hit or miss. In our experience, a knowledgeable person is rarely available, but for the most part customer service has no idea how real manufacturing works to provide reasonable answers to fix Fishbowl shortfalls.
Fishbowl is definitely an improvement if you are using QuickBooks; however, its lack of valuable reporting does not solve the problems of making production planning and manufacturing more efficient.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We are a wholesaler that supplies products to non-profits. We manage the shipment of those products. Each "bill to" may have multiple "ship to" addresses. Each client may ship to thousands of supporters. We import the orders and address data and ship the requested materials to the individuals, then aggregate the shipping data to bill the client.
  • Maintaining accurate inventory data
  • Integrating well with the supporting software
  • Accurate reporting
  • Allow easier customization of reports
  • Lower pricing on Plug Ins
Fishbowl is well suited for warehouse operations because you can control, monitor, report or view the progress of materials all the way from purchasing and receiving to the shipment and tracking of products. It integrates with major carriers and with QuickBooks so it does offer a suite that can support the entire operation. It allows for workflow monitoring, so particular groups or products can be tracked.
November 08, 2018

Fishbowl Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Fishbowl is used by the entire organization. It maintains our inventory and we use it for purchasing, entering sales orders and manufacturing orders. It ensures we have everything in one system and works with Quickbooks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
The purchasing function is very good - tracking and linking parts to sales orders, shortage reports, and part summaries.
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.