Google Pay now available for Shopify - eCommerce news roundup

Shopify Introduces Google Pay To its Payment Platform

Shopify now using Google Pay

Source: Shopify

Staying true to their quest to optimize payment methods, Shopify added Google Pay as a new integration for all merchants using Shopify Payments.

This integration will help millions of people who already use their Google Account across the web to swiftly pay for purchases with a simplified, fast checkout experience on Android devices.

Google Pay is a digital wallet system developed by the internet giant, Google. It allows customers around the globe pay for goods and services using mobile devices such as phones, tablets, and even watches. Google Pay was first released to the public as Android Pay in September 2015.

Shopify also believes the introduction of the Google Pay integration will help curb cart abandonment. It will establish a better flow from order start to finish without customers getting distracted or frustrated by eliminating multiple forms from the checkout process.

The integration will also be beneficial to merchants for easier order fulfillment. Google Pay stores shipping information as an in-app data. Merchants can use this data to quickly process orders and ship products faster.

If you are using Shopify Payments and you haven’t activated the Google Pay integration, you can do so with your Shopify store settings. Enable Google Pay and the app will take care of the rest.

Easy, accelerated checkout is a big step forward to help merchants succeed.



More Sellers Can Now Join the eBay Guaranteed Delivery Program

eBay expanding guaranteed delivery program


More eBay sellers with impeccable records of on-time deliveries and stellar reviews can now take advantage of the eBay Guaranteed Delivery program.

The program helps sellers increase their listing visibility and the potential for more sales by offering customers the ability to find products guaranteed to arrive in a three business day or less period. Products listed in the program will take the top spots on result pages after a search query using the delivery time filter.

In the past, only a few select merchants with outstanding track records were allowed to enroll in the program. eBay is now allowing entrance to a wider selection sellers.

eBay stores will have to meet 3 basic requirements to qualify for Guaranteed Delivery.

  • At least 100 orders shipped per year.
  • A minimum of 97% on-time handling process
  • A minimum of 95% on-time tracking upload.

After acceptance into the program, sellers must maintain this level of performance, or risk losing their Guaranteed Delivery privilege.

eBay is optimistic that with the increased visibility, participating sellers can find more buyers for their items, especially when customers search for products with the fastest delivery or when they filter items by seeking out guaranteed delivery dates (e.g. Get item in the next 1-2 days). Merchants will also gain better feedback and fewer support queries about delivery times.

The Guaranteed Delivery program works like insurance: when buyers make a claim on an item that fails to arrive on the delivery date eBay might will reimburse buyer’s shipping cost, offer a voucher for future eBay purchases or give a free return label.

eBay will start sending out emails to sellers who are eligible for the program, so make sure you check your inbox regularly for an update.

The European Union Proposes New Rules for Cross-Border Parcel Delivery

EU shipping costs too high

The European Union parliament is proposing new rules that would lead to lower delivery costs for EU customers. Currently, buyers are paying extortion-level prices to have products shipped between EU member nations. Cross-border shipping costs can be up to 5x higher than domestic deliveries.

This leads to many irregularities in the shipping rate between different EU countries. For example, a two-kilogram package from the Netherlands to Italy would cost 13, while the same parcel will cost 32.80 to transport from Belgium to Italy.

Postal operators are taking advantage of the lack of transparency in the eCommerce sector by charging unreasonably high prices. The knock-on effect means small sellers can’t afford to compete and those who live in remote parts of Europe can’t afford to buy. The issue also affects people sending parcels to friends and relatives residing in another EU country.

Members of the EU parliament yearn for a solution that encourages international trade between member states to facilitate more price transparency and a competitive trade territory.

In a first step to resolve the issue, the EU parliament proposes a universal price comparison website to display rates and variations between shipping firms. This would allow retailers and customers to make informed choices about courier services. The increased competition is also likely to drive down overall shipping costs.

Courier companies would also have to provide clear information on delivery prices and conditions while national postal authorities will compile data from shipping companies to monitor the eCommerce market and regulate high tariffs.

In the end, the goal is to help consumers have access to a wide variety of goods and services from different merchants across the EU without paying through the nose to get their purchases delivered.