In order to sell on Google Express via Google Shopping Actions, you need to set up the following:
- Google Merchant Center
Accessible from merchants.google.com, this is the merchant center allows you to upload product data to Google. The merchant center doesn’t list products without Shopping Actions.
- Google Shopping Actions
This is a program that you need to apply for after setting up your Merchant Center. It enables you to make your products available via Google Voice Assistant, YouTube, and Google Express.
Table of contents
- Google Merchant Center and Google Shopping Actions
- Contact GeekSeller
- Invite GeekSeller to Your Merchant Center
- Prepare and submit products
- Synchronize Quantities
- Connect Shipping Carriers and Manage Orders
- Set Up Shopping Actions
- Final Review and Activation
1. Google Merchant Center and Google Shopping Actions
- Create a Google merchant account to gain access to the Google Merchant Center.
- Apply for Google Shopping Actions either through GeekSeller or independently. If you apply independently, be sure to add GeekSeller under 3rd Party Platform. You will receive a welcome email from the Google team once you’ve been approved.
2. Contact GeekSeller
Send us an email answering the following questions:
- Do you work with a 3PL or do you pack and ship in-house? If you ship in-house, how do you generate labels?
- Which shipping carriers do you use?
- Are you planning to use GeekSeller’s order management panel to generate and print shipping labels?
- Do you have your product data uploaded to the Google Merchant Center? Do the SKUs match on other marketplaces?
- Where do you want to enter quantity information?
- Do you want to adjust quantities using the GeekSeller interface or CSV?
- Would you like Google Express to share inventory levels with other marketplaces?
3. Invite GeekSeller to Your Google Merchant Center
- Open the Merchant Center
- Click the vertical ellipsis and select “Users” from the drop-down menu
- Add a new user using the email address: email@example.com
- Under “User access” select “Order Management”
- Add another user under the email address: GeekSellerHelp@gmail.com
- Under User access, select “Admin” and “Standard” to allow us to help with account set up and product creation
- Send us your Merchant ID via email to Support@GeekSeller.com
4. Prepare and Submit Products
Important! If you’re switching to GeekSeller panel (which uses Google API) for item submission, make sure that you’re not using any other data feeds anymore to submit product items. If you keep on submitting items on both mediums, unexpected results may occur (source).
5. Synchronize Quantities
Let our team know which way you want to manage quantities:
- Use GeekSeller as a bridge to send quantities from one marketplace to another
- Use GeekSeller as your central hub for quantity data through the Master Panel
6. Connect Shipping Carriers and Manage Orders
To use the Master Panel to generate labels, complete the following steps:
- Connect UPS
- Connect FedEx
- Connect EasyPost to access over 100 carriers and the best rates for USPS through Commercial Plus Pricing
(GeekSeller does not make commissions on referrals to EasyPost, we recommend this company based on their outstanding service and great pricing).
- Connect a 3rd party systems (contact support for more info)
7. Set Up Shopping Actions
Log into your Merchant Center, select Shopping Actions from the left sidebar.
Please see step four above for instructions on product creation.
Check out Google’s Quickstart Guide – Branding.
- A round logo is required (max. 5 MB, PNG or SVG, must be 768 x 768 px)
- Favicons are optional but recommended by Google
- Banners for Shopping Actions are optional but recommended by Google
You can set tax options for each state separately.
Google’s Quickstart Guide – Taxes and Shipping
You can set up multiple shipping options, each for a different scenario.
Google’s Quickstart Guide – Taxes and Shipping
- Return Settings
Set up your default return policy and return address.
Google’s Quickstart Guide – Return address
Set up details for receiving payments and invoicing. Final verification may take up to 3 days.
Payment will not be issued until all steps are complete.
Google Quickstart Guide – Payments
- User Roles
Google account setup – Primary and Secondary users
- Customer service contact
Provide an email address so that Google (not buyers) can contact you.
- Marketing settings
Allow buyers to subscribe to marketing emails at checkout.
- When everything on this page is set up, be sure to click “CONFIRM”
8. Review and Activate
- Terms of service
Take some time to familiarize yourself with Google’s terms.
Double-check your storefront and make sure your products and graphics are displayed properly. Add a few items to the cart to review taxes and shipping charges.
Google will email you a few days after you request final validation to notify you that your store is ready to be published.
Log in to your Google Merchant Center, click on Shopping Actions and click “PUBLISH STOREFRONT.”