Our existing online store is currently using Google Shopping and the Google app is actually working great at the moment! All of the main products we want for sale on Google are being displayed. Most of these items are clothing and pieces made within our state and in small batches so they don't have any GTIN numbers. Within each product listing, we just leave the barcode/GTIN field blank -- that allows the products to function and display correctly on Google Shopping through that app. (Products with made up barcodes, like ones that are too short, get denied so I just erase that field.)
My question/problem comes as we approach switching our existing brick-and-mortar retail store to the Shopify POS system. If we switch the existing in-store retail to the Shopify POS system we will probably use the multiple locations function within Shopify and split inventory between retail and online. We'll also probably use the Retail Barcode Labels app to print in-store labels for price tags. However, if we do that won't we need to then include a barcode input for each product so that the Barcode Printer app has something to pull from?
If I do that, won't my Google Shopping spreadsheet be altered and include that newly added barcode as a GTIN and then make all the Google Listings invalid?
Am I looking at this correctly or is there a different way that I can transition into the Shopify POS or a different way that I can edit my existing Google Shopping fields from my existing products?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! www.218gift.com
If the barcodes are not actual barcodes from the product and if they are being pushed by the Google Shopping App. Then you can remove this info in Google Merchant Center, by going to Products > Feeds > click on the feed > feed rules
Here choose GTIN as the attribute and select clear
This will now remove the values submitted.
Hope this helps.
I think this will work! Thanks so much for your expertise and help!
We're currently finally in the process of switching over to Shopify POS now. I will let you know how it all goes when it's all connected and I'll switch this question to "solved."
It took me a bit to find the "clear" setting so I'll breakdown your steps even more in case others have this issue:
After the steps you gave, inside the feed rules, I chose "gtin" (all lowercase) as the attribute. I then scrolled down to the Modifications section and hit "add modifications." From there I choose "advanced operators" and that gave me the "clear" operation. That ended up adding a "Clear gtinattribute" rule to my Shopify Google shopping app feed.
From there, you're able to test the rule and see how it affects your feed. My first try messed it all up, so I'm glad you can test it first! If you like the test results, just apply it.
I'll let you know how it goes once the store is all set up and the edits to the feed are in place. Thanks again!