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Canada Post: how\where to begin

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Hello

I don't know if I am at the right forum. If not, please let me know.

I work for Canada Post, we use Google maps (please see here https://www.canadapost.ca/cpotools/apps/fpo/personal/findPostOffice ) to show our Post Offices and we have daily changes.

 

Our team produces data ( 2 KMZ files), that Google should access (daily) on our FTP Server. I was told that because we are using a legacy technology, Google cannot automatically access our servers to get the daily feeds. It takes very long time to do it manually. This leads to outdated. Maps.

 

We recently received credentials to the Google Business API.

 

I have some questions:

  1. Where should I start?
  2. What format should we use: Excel, KML, KMZ, other?
  3. Is there a staging area?

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Please note that: I only have MS Office (we use VBA) and I cannot install any software on my machine.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any question

 

 

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Re: Canada Post: how\where to begin

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lemme ask about the intention or the goal:

 

Are you trying to find a method to get the map on the linked website  https://www.canadapost.ca/cpotools/apps/fpo/personal/findPostOffice

 showing on user request any Canadian post office (what it seems already doing based on any javascript of Maps API V3 - javascripted by your developpers)

or  

are you trying to get from Google all actual post office locations as GoogleMyBusiness shows about Canadian Post 

or 

are you trying to create or update for each marker shown on your website automatically a GoogleMyBusiness listing for the location reflected by the marker?

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Hello
I am the developer who creates the Canada Post daily data feed.
As a start, I don't know:
1- what would be the appropriate data format (KML, KMZ, XLSX, CSV,..)?
2- where to start ?
Thanks
Abdul

Re: Canada Post: how\where to begin

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Hey Abdul
you missed to answer my questions about the possible intention
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Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile

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Hello Helmut
Thank you for the quick answer.
I am in the 3rd question you asked.
Yes, I would like to update each marker shown on our website automatically.
Thanks
Abdul

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ok
but updating the marker based on what information?

Do you believe the information GoogleMyBusiness (GMB) and it's GMB - Api is
actual?
Why should google get this information actual without your (I mean Canadian
Post) input?


I'm not sure as all this is very much a developper-related discussion and
I'm not such a developper.

But IMHO the onle possibility would be to do it counterwise:

the Canadiam Post should develop a GMB - API based application providing
Google with actual data about all actual post locations.
This application should somehow also feed the GMaps API V3 baased
application on your website with the actual data of each location.

But this discussion is far away of my capabilities and I'm not sure about
the best approach for your project.
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Helmut Geissler, Google My Business Top Contributor   |  my G+ profile

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Thank you Helmut
At work, the Developer site (https://groups.google.com/) is blocked
I was hoping I can find here another (unblocked) site ?
Can you / anyone help?
Thanks
Abdul