How to create new Shopify products using Orca Scan

You can use Zapier to create a real-time link between Orca Scan and your Shopify store to create your own customised inventory management system.

In this guide, you’ll be shown how to build automation to create new products in Shopify when scanning new items into your Orca Scan inventory using the magic of Zapier.

Please note that Shopify is a premium app in Zapier and will require you to upgrade to a paid plan.

To get started, log in to your Orca Scan account and have the sheet you want to connect ready, then log in to your Shopify store and, finally, log in or create an account with Zapier and head to the dashboard and create a zap. Once done, use the following steps:

  1. Select the Orca Scan app as the trigger
  2. Choose the ‘New Row’ event, log in to your Orca Scan account using your API key and find the Orca Sheet you want to send data from
  3. Select the Shopify app as the action
  4. Choose the ‘Create Product’ event, log in to your Shopify store using your Shopify username to install the unlisted Zapier app
  5. Map out and match the Shopify product listing fields to the Orca Scan fields you data from (only use the ones you want to update with)

Please see our walkthrough guide on how to add Orca Scan into Zapier as a trigger or as an action. For further help and troubleshooting, check out Zapier’s help centre.

1. Setting up Orca Scan as a trigger

Log in to Zapier and start by hitting the ‘Create Zap’ button on the sidebar of the dashboard. This will take you straight to the Zap editor, where you’ll set up the trigger events.

Click the ‘Create Zap’ button from the Zapier dashboard side menu.
Click the ‘Create Zap’ button from the Zapier dashboard side menu.

Now we need to define which events need to be listened to in Orca Scan by selecting the “New Row” event. This means that when a new item is scanned into Orca Scan creating a new row in the sheet, it will be upload the data from that row into Shopify as a new product.

Select the “New Row” as the Orca Scan trigger event.
Select the “New Row” as the Orca Scan trigger event.

Now it’s time to configure the trigger.

First, you need to establish a connection with the trigger app with Zapier, in this case, it’s Orca Scan, so go ahead and sign in to your Orca Scan account and enter your Orca Scan API key (you can find this by signing into the web app, hitting the dropdown menu in the top right corner and heading over to ‘Account Settings)’.

Once Zapier is connected with Orca Scan, select the Orca Sheet that you want to send data from and continue to test the trigger. This will pull through data from the most recent row created in your Orca Sheet.

2. Setting up Shopify to make an action

Once the trigger has been tested and in working order, you now need to move on to the action. Begin by searching for the Shopify app and select it (it’s a premium app so you’ll need to be on a Zapier paid plan). Then select the action as ‘Create Product’.

To progress further, you’ll need to connect to Shopify by signing in with your Shopify username, which can be found under store details. Once you’re logged in, you may get taken to a page in the Shopify dashboard that tells you that “Zapier hasn’t been reviewed by Shopify” if so, hit ‘Install unlisted app’.

Click the “Install unlisted app” button.
Click the “Install unlisted app” button.

Once a connection has been established, you’ll be redirected back to Zapier to select your Shopify account (you may have multiple).

Now here comes the magic, by mapping out which fields in a Shopify product entry will be used and with it’s chosen data from Orca Scan. we want to edit when creating a new product from a new row entry in Orca Scan.

The “Title”, “Product Type”, and “Vendor” fields are required, an you can also use additional fields such as Product Description, Tags, Published At Date, Price, Inventory Policy (choose whether to continue selling or deny further sales when inventory quantities have been exhausted), Image URL, More Image URLs, SKU, Is Published and Publish to Point of Sale. Select which Orca Scan data fields you want to use for each field.

Pro tip: Each field can contain more than one Orca Scan data field, as well as numbers and plain text. Feel free to get creative!

Map out the Shopify fields you want to update using data from Orca Scan
Map out the Shopify fields you want to update using data from Orca Scan

Pro tip: Customise your scanner by adding a photo field and set it to required to capture product images upon scanning so that Zapier can automatically set them as the product image in Shopify. Also, enabling the editing of the SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) field allows a faster and unique way to identify products in inventory and for search crawling for your site.

Once you’re happy with all of the fields, progress to test out the action. After a successful test, head over to your Shopify store to verify that a new product has been created then you’re ready to publish your new zap!

Now when you scan an item for the first time into Orca Scan, Zapier will automatically use the data from that barcode (that you’ve added) to create a new product listing in your Shopify store.

Pro tip: On a Zapier paid plan, you have the functionality to build “Multi-step zaps”. This means that you can build a chain of multiple actions through several apps and even introduce complex conditions and branching logic.

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Using Orca Scan events to trigger Shopify actions

The following Triggers (when this happens) are available in Orca Scan:

The following Actions (then do this) are available in Shopify:

Using Shopify events to trigger Orca Scan actions

Alternatively, you can use the following Shopify events as a trigger (when this happens):

And the triggered Actions (then do this) in Orca Scan are:

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