Which should you use for inventory or warehouse management?
Inventory software isn’t something you shop for often. So the inFlow team made this page to show you why you might use inFlow over Fishbowl, or vice versa.
inFlow vs. Fishbowl Inventory
A feature comparison of inFlow and Fishbowl can look a lot alike.
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Why would I use inFlow over Fishbowl Inventory?
Here are some of the real differences that might sway you towards inFlow.
inFlow is ready in no time
Inventory software providers often advertise a setup time in weeks. That’s because these competitors require local installations and hours of guided setup to make sure you can use the system properly.
inFlow is designed to be approachable for small businesses and a variety of teams—which means no installation is required. You can use inFlow just minutes after starting a trial on any PC or Mac.
And inFlow’s web, desktop, and mobile apps are included at no extra charge. So unlike with Fishbowl, you won’t have to pay for extra licenses if you want to use your phone to receive orders or pick products.
inFlow is beautiful
On the other hand, inFlow was built on the idea that beauty has functional value. Productivity comes easier when your orders are laid out cleanly with order statuses and units of measure all plain to see.
inFlow is priced for small businesses
If your business was using spreadsheets to track inventory, you may not have a large budget set aside for inventory management software.
On average you’ll find inFlow’s plans and integrations cost about 1/3 of Fishbowl’s and you’ll pay about 1/2 the price for higher-spec hardware scanners.
inFlow has monthly and annual plans that you can tweak and change at any time. So you can start with the plan and features that you need right now, while knowing that inFlow can scale with your growth.
Why would I use Fishbowl Inventory over inFlow?
Fishbowl features deep customization for those who need it.
QuickBooks Desktop, point-of-sale, and on-premise installation
Fishbowl has dedicated modules and point-of-sale hardware to facilitate full transactions and payment at retail locations. If your business takes cash or has a physical location where you need to take sales over the counter, you’ll want to look at Fishbowl Checkout.
Last but not least, Fishbowl Advanced is locally installed (on-premise) software. Some business sectors prefer or need inventory software that stores data locally on their network. On-premise installations do give your business full control over where and how your data is stored, but they also require more IT infrastructure to configure a server computer and properly connect it to every client.
How should you decide between inFlow and Fishbowl Inventory?
Fishbowl’s main differentiators vs. inFlow are its QuickBooks Desktop connection and the On-Premise installation. Both of these may be requirements built deep into your company that you may not be able to affect.
If you’re looking into inventory software for the first time, inFlow is a much easier and more approachable system for both you and your team. It also doesn’t hurt that inFlow’s pricing is more flexible and affordable to start.
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