What is Fishbowl Manufacturing®?

Advanced manufacturing management features designed specifically for mid-market QuickBooks® users

Ideal Fishbowl Warehouse (FBM) Customer

  • Midsize company with 10 to 200 employees
  • Annual sales: $2 million to $100+ million
  • Multiple warehouses or production facilities
  • QuickBooks user seeking advanced inventory control and manufacturing tools
  • Sage (or similar software) user wanting to return to QuickBooks
  • 5 to 30 Fishbowl Warehouse users (can handle up to 75 concurrent users)

How Does FBM Work with QuickBooks?

  • During the initial integration, FBM downloads all the customer, vendor, inventory, and company information from QuickBooks directly into the FBM database
  • After integration, FBM manages all manufacturing and inventory functions
  • QuickBooks essentially becomes the accounting module of FBM. FBM updates inventory records and alerts QuickBooks to create invoices, bills, and other accounting adjustments

Feature Comparison

By itself, QuickBooks is a great accounting solution for small and midsize businesses, but it doesn’t offer everything a growing business needs. When you add Fishbowl Manufacturing®, you get advanced manufacturing management features that integrate seamlessly with QuickBooks.

Take a look at this chart to see the comparison with and without Fishbowl Manufacturing:

CAPABILITIES QUICKBOOKS ONLY † QUICKBOOKS WITH FISHBOWL MANUFACTURING
Accounting methods Average costing & FIFO LIFO, FIFO, standard & average costing
Barcode printing & scanning No Supported
Bill of materials Assembly Multiple levels & stages
Displays work-in-process No* Supported
Drop shipping No* Supported
Landed costing No Supported
Locations Sites Multiple locations supported
Manufacture orders & work orders Assembly Assembly, disassembly & custom
Multi-currency Supported Supported
Multiple finished goods No Unlimited
Multiple location part tracking Some (limited) More than you’ll ever need
Multiple vendors per item No, 1 only Unlimited
Part tracking Lot or serial Serial, lot & revision #’s, exp. date & custom fields
Pick routing No Supported
Product/kit configurator No Unlimited
Remote access VPN only* Any network connection
RMA No Supported
Transfer orders No Supported
UPS Ready Shipping Yes, most features Yes, all features fully integrated into Fishbowl
User access rights Role-based Role-based & granular feature-based
Variable pricing & discounting Percent, amount Percent, amount, group & cost-plus pricing
Warehouses No Supported
† QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise
* Enterprise has some functionality for these features

Just like the warehouse version of Fishbowl Inventory, the Fishbowl Manufacturing version gives you the ability to streamline your daily processes, including advanced inventory control and tracking, in addition to manufacturing processes. The day-to-day activities of order entry, inventory management, receiving, picking, shipping, manufacturing, etc. are handled directly in Fishbowl Inventory. When you sync the transactions to QuickBooks, you are able to keep the financial information in a separate, more secure, environment, since fewer people will need to be logged into QuickBooks. The Fishbowl Manufacturing software even gives you the ability to separate your raw goods asset value from your finished goods asset value, so you know exactly where your money is.

Fishbowl Inventory Manufacturing version is divided into modules that allow you to split your operations among people or departments. Each module, including manufacturing, interacts with other modules within Fishbowl to keep the entire company up-to-date. This can help improve communication and accuracy between groups. For manufacturing, this means that you can even split each step of the production process into easy-to-manage portions that can be handled any way you need.

Fishbowl Manufacturing also gives you the ability to plug in other programs, such as shipping, ecommerce, time management, Fishbowl Go, or LilyPad Mobile Warehouse, through its open API (Application Programming Interface). Integrating your programs so that they communicate and pass information automatically can not only reduce human error, but also improve efficiencies throughout the company and among all departments.

The user interface of Fishbowl Inventory is intuitive and easy to navigate. Manufacturing stages are easily handled, and are highly visible to anyone with access. Although it is already simple to use with the default settings, you have the ability to manipulate the user interface in several ways to make navigation even more user-friendly for your needs. This includes such things as saving specific layouts, automation of certain actions, and auto-loading of the modules that you most often use.

There are more features in the Fishbowl Manufacturing software, compared to the warehouse version, so the Fishbowl Manufacturing price is a little higher. All features, such as inventory management, sales orders, purchase orders, and manufacturing are included in the Fishbowl Manufacturing price, plus you get the addition of everything you will need to perform your manufacturing activities.

Many people who are considering moving to Fishbowl Inventory have been using QuickBooks, or spreadsheets, or even something as simple as pen and paper methods. It can be overwhelming to decide if Fishbowl is right for you, but when you consider the return on investment for having a robust inventory management and manufacturing system, the Fishbowl Manufacturing cost will be well worth the investment.

What Our Customers Say

We very much appreciated Mark’s extensive manufacturing background and his extensive knowledge of Fishbowl as well as his experience with the integration points with both Magento and QuickBooks. And as Mark (nor Sharpe Concepts) is not affiliated directly with Magento, Fishbowl, or Intuit he was able to provide us with an unbiased and experienced view of each system. Finally, Mark’s sense of humor was greatly appreciated by the team. In a session that could have otherwise been tense he immediately diffused any sense of angst within minutes.

Sharpe Concepts has been extremely responsive to our needs. They have worked with us to enhance the LilyPad interface to be a robust system that checks and controls many things that were not originally in the interface. They are fast, reasonably priced and extremely knowledgeable in all parts of the systems.

I wanted to express my thanks to Sharpe Concepts and especially Phil Bruno for your assistance with FishBowl Inventory. Your staff has helped us immensely with implementation of our manufacturing module and the creation of bill of materials and manufacturing orders. We now have this system running in our medical device production area and can track our product flow. Mr. Bruno also helped us with our sales order processing and shipping processes, showing us how to take advantage of some other Fishbowl features. Most recently, Sharpe helped us tie our GL accounts from Fishbowl to our QuickBooks software to eliminate a few accounting problems we were experiencing.

Sharpe Concepts has helped us successfully integrate Fishbowl and QuickBooks. Their staff is responsible and knowledgeable. They have been providing consistently good service with great attitudes. Sharpe Concepts makes timely responses to our requests. And the fact they provide on-site training is a nice bonus too.

Renaissance's Specialty Foods business engagement's with Sharpe Concepts has been a great experience. The LilyPad program has been a great saver for us and my sales reps love the fact that they have all the information on their fingertips out on the field.

Sal and his staff have been extremely helpful and responsive to all our needs thus far and are constantly working with us to improve the functionality of the program.

I believe that LilyPad is an excellent add-on value to Fishbowl and I strongly recommend for companies like mine to use since the benefits and cost savings are great.

It was refreshing to finally work with a group of individuals such as your team to really understand the capability as well as the limitations of Fishbowl.

I believe Sharpe Concepts deserves to be recognized for providing customer service and support well beyond expectations. We highly recommend them to any existing and potential Fishbowl Customers.

I have been a Sharpe Concepts customer for about 18 months now and very satisfied with their product, price, and customer service. The LilyPad integration takes half the time as the original connector did with our site and we have double the amount of products now. The price was up front no add-ons or fees and when I call their office they answer the phone or get back to me as soon as possible. I have read blogs and threads and we are not the only company to have this opinion. This letter serves as my recommendation for Sharpe Concepts as your preferred partner in website.