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Google Shopping Feed - Shipping Method

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Our Magento ecommerce store which sells small furniture products, has an shipping extension installed from a shipping aggregator. This aggregator has agreements with various courier companies and offers reduced rates to their business customers (such as us).

In Magento, the extension provides live quoting for shipping rates to our retail customers. The shipping rate is based on the weight of item(s) and postal code. The rate displayed is then selected from the courier company which offers the best rate for this combination.

We're having trouble replicating the shipping rate in our Google Shopping feed, because the rate calculator from our shipping aggregator is based on their unique algorithm.

Without changing our business model, does anyone have any suggestions how we can provide shipping details in our Google Shopping feed.

Thank you in advance.

Steve

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Hi @Dipinto A,

 

I am not sure on a Magento specific answer, but wanted to make sure you had this info for your use. 

 

This thread discusses a similar issue and Magento. 

 

Kind Regards,

 

James

 

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Re: Google Shopping Feed - Shipping Method

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Thanks for your reply James, however the issue in this thread is different to ours.

 

Our issue is not Magento specific, but relates to how to best provide the shipping cost for a product in the Google Shopping Feed file.

 

Our shipping partner have created an algorithm to dynamically calculate the best shipping rate (from multiple carriers) based on product weight and location.  There is no 'neat & tidy' carrier rate table we can upload when configuring our feed.

 

Regards

 

Steve

Google Shopping Feed - Shipping Method

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Hi @Dipinto A,

 

There is no easy answer. When a client is using a complex plugin to determine shipping rates from multiple carriers, we tell them that Google Shopping is not an option for them. 

 

Google does support some carriers:

 

Region Supported Shipping Provider
US UPS, USPS, FedEx
AU TNT, TOLL, AusPost
DE DHL, DPD, UPS, Hermes

 

But not services that find the best rates amongst many carriers. 

 

If there is any way you can simplify your shipping charges, that would have the additional win of a better customer experience...

 

Google Shopping Feed - Shipping Method

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The only way is to write a custom script to add to your data feed output. This script will extract the price from your external pricing algorithm and than places it in the data feed to the relevant product.

 

There is no other way to do this easily.

 

Hope it helps.

 

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