Fishbowl

RATING:

4.1

(828)

About Fishbowl

Fishbowl is the #1 manufacturing and warehouse inventory management software! Its powerful inventory control system gives your small or midsize business the exact tools needed to transform your inventory management and scale your business. Fishbowl reduces the number of steps in your manufacturing process and seamlessly integrates with some of the most popular business solutions such as QuickBooks, Amazon, Adobe, Shopify, Salesforce and more. Customers appreciate Fishbowl’s inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), job shop floor control, work order management, barcoding, raw materials management, manufacturer orders and bills of materials (BOM) and ability to predict inventory requirements based on sales trends. Simplify your business’ processes, i...

Awards and Recognition

FrontRunner 2023
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Fishbowl Pricing

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Fishbowl Reviews

Overall Rating

4.1

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

4

Value for money

4

Functionality

4

Most Helpful Reviews for Fishbowl

1 - 5 of 822 Reviews

User Profile

Billy

Verified reviewer

Facilities Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed April 2022

Great investment

We have saved quite a bit of time with Fishbowl compared to our previous software.

PROS

Fishbowl is simple to use. Everything is easy to find. Search features work well. All facets integrate well.

CONS

It’s been a bit of a struggle to integrate all aspects of our diverse business.

Reason for choosing Fishbowl

Price

Reasons for switching to Fishbowl

Fishbowl had more to offer.

Louis

Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 12 months

Review Source
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

4

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed July 2020

Fishbowl Manufacturing Software has proven an invaluable inventory management tool for our team.

Fishbowl Management software has offered our team a complete supply chain management and physical sales tracking system in one convenient system . In this time especially , we understand that organization and efficiency are paramount to surviving let alone prospering and we are thankful to Fishbowl for helping.

PROS

Our team found both these ease of use and relative ease of integration to be among the most attractive components of Fishbowl. The variety of modules allow close monitoring of essentially every aspect of physical asset tracking . With Fishbowl we can organize warehouse parts inventory , print labels,and organize purchase orders which organizes our supply side. Fishbowl's sales side module allows for effective tracking of lead times as well as sales item forecasting so we are never behind on available inventory .

CONS

Fishbowl Manufacturing software at this time time requires the use of a server which we had to supply . In exchange for all other features , we see this as a nominal and not inconvenient requirement as at the time we were adding new computer assets. This requirement may not suit all smaller companies.

Reason for choosing Fishbowl

We selected Fishbowl Inventory Management software over alternatives for its comprehensive module options which allow for a complete organization of our office and warehouse now optimized with a primary consideration to sales output and production. We could not ask for more in this area of business operations.

Vendor Response

Thank you for taking the time to leave this review, Louis. We appreciate your business and are happy to know that your experience has been satisfactory.

Replied October 2021

Jeff

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

Review Source
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

1

EASE OF USE

1

VALUE FOR MONEY

1

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

1

FUNCTIONALITY

2

Reviewed December 2023

Will Fishbowl Survive in the coming years?

Like many ERP systems, it has been overhyped and falls short of expectations. We initially implemented it alongside QuickBooks 2022. Interestingly, QuickBooks 2023 and subsequently QuickBooks 2024 have incorporated nearly all the features and functionalities that initially prompted us to integrate FishBowl. With the enhanced capabilities of QuickBooks 2024 and the shift towards cloud-based solutions, it's doubtful that FishBowl will sustain its business for more than a few years.

PROS

Onboarding was smooth and responsive. The team was responsive and helpful, although be prepared to do all the work yourself. while it seems crazy at some point its worth starting from scratch on your inventory and negating Quickbooks inventory all together.

CONS

Once your system is operational, support becomes a distant concern. Seeking assistance entails potentially shelling out thousands for even the most straightforward requests, if and when you manage to get a response. The scheduling for a simple fix or question may drag on for up to two weeks.

Reason for choosing Fishbowl

Initially, we opted for FishBowl due to QuickBooks lacking essential features such as inventory management, site locations, landed costs, and overall functionality. Unfortunately, QuickBooks has since incorporated most of these features in their latest release, signaling an aggressive effort to reclaim market share and compete with NetSuite for SMBs. This development is likely to diminish FishBowl's relevance within a few years or even sooner. In response, FishBowl has shifted its focus entirely to the "CLOUD" version, which, regrettably, lacks the robust features found in its desktop counterpart. There are no immediate plans to incorporate these features into the cloud version. This mirrors QuickBooks' move to the cloud, where the desktop features were initially absent, but QuickBooks has since acquired Rightworks and now offers cloud hosting for enterprise, intensifying competition against NetSuites. In summary, QuickBooks Enterprise 2024 now provides 85-90% of FishBowl's functionality. As is often the case with software companies, the initial allure and onboarding process may not accurately represent the actual capabilities, potentially resulting in additional costs for support or customization. While there may be a dedicated fan base, it's doubtful that even half of FishBowl's clients are aware of the added functionalities in QuickBooks 2024. Those who do leverage these features find themselves paying a substantial premium. A noteworthy caveat is that licensing is based on the number of users, but it's essential to be cautious as the number of users does not equate to the number of devices. Each user accessing the system from both a PC and a mobile phone, for instance, counts as two users/devices. This discrepancy can lead to higher costs than initially anticipated. Considering the recent developments in QuickBooks, the sale of FishBowl likely occurred for a reason, underscoring the evolving landscape in the realm of inventory and financial management solutions.

Jessi

Food & Beverages, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

3

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed May 2021

Fishbowl has been great for us as a small food manufacturer

Overall, good experience - we needed a tool like this and it meets our needs for being SQF and USDA Organic.

PROS

Fishbowl helps us maintain all lot tracing records, re-order points, and sales and purchase orders. It makes audit time much simpler!

CONS

There aren't as many reports as I would like and it isn't very intuitive to setup - we had to hire an outside expert.

Reason for choosing Fishbowl

Customer service and overall capabilities

Reasons for switching to Fishbowl

It was too difficult to prepare for an audit.

Vendor Response

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with our company, Jessi. We appreciate your feedback! We are glad to hear your experience has been satisfactory and will look into improvements based on your suggestions as well.

Replied October 2021

Bernui

Pharmaceuticals, 51-200 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed April 2022

Fishbowl Inventory Review

PROS

Integration with our manufacturing process was easy. Purchases, Receiving, Bill of materials and Work Orders fulfilled our needs.

CONS

Reports provided are too basic, no help documentation to create your own reports. If you need a detailed or custom reports you have to purchase them apart.

Reasons for switching to Fishbowl

ERPNext didn't fulfill our needs preparing work orders.