Maximizing Your Fishbowl Investment with LilyPad and Janam

Fishbowl Inventory gives you the power to control your inventory.  LilyPad takes that inventory control to the next level by giving you mobile access to your Fishbowl data.  Coupled with leading-edge mobile technology from Janam, the power to control your inventory is now in the palm of your hand.

Rewriting the Rules

Initiating a new inventory management solution can be a daunting task.  Janam and Sharpe Concepts make it easier by teaming up to provide a complete solution.  Gone are the days when you need to search for multiple vendors to complete a single project.  Our collaborative efforts enable you to get the software and hardware you need to implement your solution as quickly and as easily as possible.

Janam Rugged Mobile Computers with LilyPad

LilyPad for Fishbowl enables small- and medium-sized inventory-based businesses to work smarter.  Providing the greatest flexibility and functionality to maximize and enhance your Fishbowl investment, LilyPad utilizes barcode scanning technology to perform a variety of inventory management activities.  Coupled with Janam’s industry-leading XG3 and XT2 rugged mobile computers, LilyPad provides a more accurate and efficient way to control your inventory.

Sharpe Concepts Adding Value

Sharpe Concepts has implementation options for every budget.  The simplest plans include Remote Assistance and Coaching options, where we build your system, deploy the software, and train your staff remotely on your schedule.  On the other end of the spectrum are full onsite engagements where we will be at your business to ensure the hardware and software meet and exceed expectations.  We can design a project that meets any budget and delivers real results.

Janam Mobile Devices

XT2 Highlights

  • Lightest and most rugged device in its class
  • Android OS
  • 5-inch touch screen with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity
  • Integrated 1D/2D barcode scanning; Optional trigger handle for scan-intensive environments

XG3 Highlights

  • Lightest Industrial-grade mobile computer in its class
  • Android OS
  • Largest standard battery capacity in the industry
  • UL-certified for hazardous environments
  • Optional extended-range barcode scanning, from 5 inches to 50 feet

 

Scan 2D Barcodes with the New LilyPad Add-on to Fishbowl

With the help of LilyPad Applications’ new Mobile Warehouse product, Fishbowl customers can now scan 2D barcodes rather than just 1D barcodes. This is a big deal because it lets you do much more with your barcode scanners in a shorter amount of time. You can scan a single barcode and populate dozens of fields in Fishbowl at the same time.

To understand how this works, let’s first talk about the difference between 1D and 2D barcodes.
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1D vs. 2D Barcodes

Fishbowl has traditionally allowed companies to scan UPCs and other linear or 1D barcodes to:

  • Access detailed part information
  • Cycle count inventory
  • Update inventory quantities
  • Reorder products
  • And more

Each 1D barcode is connected to a specific file in Fishbowl’s database, and scanning it allows you to gain access to the data in that file. UPCs and other similar barcodes are generally rectangular in shape and made up of a number of white and black lines along with various numbers and/or letters on the top or bottom.

2D barcodes, on the other hand, are often smaller and contain all sorts of nonlinear designs, such as pixels, dots, and squares. Think of QR codes. Those are 2D barcodes, and they are scanned not just horizontally but vertically, as well. Thus, they can contain geometrically more information than standard 1D barcodes.

1D barcodes can be scanned with a laser scanner while 2D barcodes can only be read by using a device that takes a picture of them and treats them as an image, not just a string of code. Luckily, most smartphones and tablets work well in this capacity.

LilyPad Mobile Warehouse

Let’s return to LilyPad Mobile Warehouse. As noted earlier, this solution gives Fishbowl customers the ability to create, map, and scan 2D barcodes.

“Now, an electronics distributor can pull in 100 serial numbers off a case of product, or a food packager can pull part number, price, lot number, and expiration date, all from a single scan,” said Sal Cucinella, CEO of LilyPad Applications.

This is particularly useful for companies in the following industries:

  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Medical
  • Pharmaceutical