Fishbowl GO is a mobile application offered by Fishbowl Inventory, one of the leading inventory management systems available. Developed in 2001, Fishbowl allowed Quickbooks and Xero users to bridge the gap between their daily warehouse processes and accounting system without having to auto-input data by hand.
Today, Fishbowl is the top warehouse integration system for Quickbook users with dozens of software and hardware programs necessary for a range of businesses. The program can also be used on its own for warehouse managers looking to streamline their process.
Fishbowl’s mobile app aims to take the program’s convenience a step further. Now available for both Android and iOS users in the US and Canada, the app puts nearly all the perks of the desktop program into the hands of workers who are moving, shipping, picking, or receiving inventory.
So how is the mobile Fishbowl GO app stacking up to its competition? We’ll outline everything you need to know about the current version of the app, including:
The mobile app Fishbowl GO integrates with Fishbowl Warehouse and Fishbowl Manufacturing. It was designed to tackle the daily activities of warehouse and shipping professionals without being tied to a computer. Instead of printing out a pick ticket or packing list and cycling between a computer and the shelves, an employee can complete all these tasks with a cell phone or tablet in hand. It aims to speed up the warehouse process from receiving to shipping inventory which keeps everything organized by barcode, item number, shipping status, and all related data.
The company claims that by using its scannable barcode system, you can get your inventory records to 99.9% accuracy with the help of the Fishbowl GO app system. This process cuts down on the amount of data a worker must input by hand, adding room for human error and taking up far more time.
The app has nine main modules to assist in the warehouse:
Within each category, users can scan barcodes of items and locations to input information automatically to your digital records.
The Fishbowl GO home screen has a clean button for each of the modules above. Here is a quick rundown of how they work on site:
Review and complete picking tickets without having to print them out and wander around the warehouse. You can also combine pick requests by group or area for more efficiency. The app will also walk you through the warehouse to know where to head next when you move from item to item.
Use this module to indicate where an item is being packed by scanning the carton. You can also note how many of the items are packed and when the process is complete.
Both packed and yet-to-be-packed items show up in your shipping module so you can mark them as shipped when you’re ready. Select the service and mark as shipped when the item has headed out of the warehouse with the shipping company.
Set up similarly to the shipping module, the delivery module follows the package as it heads out on the road. This function allows you to include a digital signature from the customer or delivery professional.
The receiving module opens up into a list of items waiting to be received from a purchase order. In order to mark an item complete, you can either scan the barcode or tap the item in the list. You can also add details about the item by opening its profile if anything differs from the PO.
Cycling allows you to double-check your item counts on a regular basis. If you’re completing a cycle count, enter the location and item being cycled and fix the inventory number if it does not match the registered amount on the shelf.
This function keeps individual parts from losing their place or getting lost in the shuffle. Look up information on any part, alter its details, or add a photo. The receiving or moving function can then indicate where the part ended up.
Check the status of work orders and update inventory information in Fishbowl Manufacturing once each is completed.
When you need to relocate an item, you can scan the part number barcode, and then scan the originating location on the shelf within the moving module. Lastly, scan the destination location to register it as moved.
The iOS variety of the Fishbowl GO app has been around since 2017, and has seen several iterations as the product improves and works through common glitches. Since then, a good deal of bug fixes mentioned in many of the customer reviews have been addressed by the developer.
For example, a recent release provided the following fixes and updates:
The Android version receives its own updates. Though it functions very similarly to the iOS app, it did receive its own changes:
User reviews from across the warehouse and manufacturing industry have become more positive as the app has undergone further updates. Since Fishbowl is the top integration program for Quickbooks in the industry, more businesses are bringing the app to the warehouse floor to cut down on time and costs. Though most users seem to enjoy the product when it’s working correctly, crashes and lost information was a common concern in the past.
Here are some of the top examples of customer reviews today, both on the positive and negative front:
Many industries require additional features that are not included in the Fishbowl Go software. Fortunately, there is a similar add-on software, called LilyPad Mobile Warehouse, that includes all of the features of Fishbowl Go, plus additional important functionality. One of the most important functions of the LilyPad Mobile Warehouse software is the ability to scan 2D barcodes (including QR codes). A 2D barcode is one that contains multiple pieces of information, such as a part number, lot number, and expiration date. These types of barcodes are often used in the food and drug industries, as well as many manufacturing and distribution companies.
LilyPad Mobile Warehouse connects directly to your Fishbowl Inventory database to create a fast and reliable connection that allows you to do all of your warehousing functions on a mobile device with barcode-scanning capabilities. Receiving, picking, packing, shipping, moving, cycling, etc. are made simple and accurate with LilyPad Mobile Warehouse. And don’t forget that our Fishbowl Inventory Consulting experts are able to help you implement mobile warehousing solutions into your business.
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