This is the second post about how to differentiate between Fishbowl Parts and Products…and some details about each. In this post, we will discover how a Product is used, and maybe you’ll even find out some things that you didn’t know about your own products.
What is a Product?
In Fishbowl, a Product is anything that you sell…so, if you put it on a Sales Order, it is considered a Product. Period. Yes, even samples are considered Products.
What Are the Different Types of Products, and What Can You do With Them?
Although there are many types of Parts in Fishbowl (as discussed in our last blog post), you can only associate products with the following types of parts: Inventory, Service, Non-Inventory, and Shipping. This makes sense, if you think about it. You wouldn’t be selling Overhead, Internal Use parts, or Labor (at least, not directly).
Part and Product Association
As we mentioned in our last blog post, you can associate multiple Products with one Part. This is important in many industries when you want to use the same inventory, but sell it to your customers with different names, or in different Unit Of Measure quantities. For example, let’s say that you sell Part A to Customer 1 as Product X, but to Customer 2, you sell that same Part as Product Y. You want to pull from the same pool of inventory, but you want your customers to see different things when they purchase your products. That is why you can associate multiple Products with one Part. Are you confused yet?
Another great thing to know about Products is the Kitting feature. A Kit is really just a group of Products that are sold together as a package deal. This is different than manufacturing, because you do not build a Kit and stock it on your shelves. In this case, the Kit is placed on a Sales Order, and each of the Products would be picked individually from your shelves after the order has been entered. If you are interested in creating Kits, you can do so in the Product Module (just use the little black arrow next to “New”).
We hope this information has helped clear up some of the confusion about Parts vs. Products in Fishbowl. As always, you are welcome to let us know if you need more explanation on this topic.