How is All Orders Different than Fishbowl Inventory


All Orders by NumberCruncher and Fishbowl Inventory are both inventory and order management software that integrates with QuickBooks.  Both handle order entry, purchasing, warehouse management and manufacturing.  If you would go down the list of features and benefits 90% of them  would be same in both.  We have a few things that they don't have and they have a few things we don't have.  The following is a high level discussion on fundamental differences between the 2 systems.

1.    Synchronization with QuickBooks

Both All Orders and Fishbowl Inventory sync with QuickBooks with one major differences; Fishbowl Inventory cannot sync with the Items in QuickBooks. Once the initial sync is done, inventory in QuickBooks is turned off. When transactions are posted from Fishbowl Inventory to QuickBooks (e.g. an Invoice), you do not see the part numbers rather you see an 'alias' like FB_Inventory; meaning that if you want to print the invoice or run any item specific reports you MUST do so from Fishbowl Inventory.

All Orders allows you to either sync the items in QuickBooks or use aliases. If you sync the items you will see them on all transactions, you can still print invoices from QuickBooks, print sales reports and use other integrated applications that require items in QuickBooks. With All Orders you will see a detailed breakdown of inventory by item, location, bin and serial # whereas in QuickBooks you will see the total quantity only.  

2.    Work Flow and Ease of Use

All Orders was designed for ease of use and is pliable to your particular work flow whereas Fishbowl Inventory is more rigid requiring changing your work flow. All Orders looks and feels a lot like QuickBooks, this was done intentionally so that users that already know QuickBooks will find it easier to learn and use All Orders. The user interface in Fishbowl is nice but completely different than QuickBooks.

3.    Price

The initial purchase price for Fishbowl Inventory can be more than double than All Orders. True All Orders does charge an annual maintenance fee but for that you get technical support, all the new updates and a specified number of re-training hours per year. It also makes us have better support and be more responsive because our relationship with our customers does not end at the sale, it is just beginning.

4.    Invoices

In All Orders you are able to Invoice your orders as soon as your goods come out. If you have a good thats not in stock, no problem! All Orders will process your order and then will wait, until that good comes instock. No putting off your orders because your waiting for a shipment to arrive. All Orders gives you the ability to Invoice either once the order is placed or once the order is shipped.

5.    Reports

All Orders provides you the power to fully customize your Reports. The software allows you to create labels with bar codes, quotes and price lists with images and sophisticated reports with multiple groupings. Another great benefit of All Orders is the ability to create Crystal Style Reports "out of the box" without needing to bolt on any additional hardware or programs! Also all reports are exportable to Excel, Access, PDF and Word. Advanced users can author their own SQL Views and havethem displayed as reports indexer All Orders.

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