You might be asking yourself, how do I get started? It’s easier than you think. The Buy Canadian Goods marketplace was built with two things in mind: ease and simplicity.

There are plenty of mistakes that are common for first-time Vendors. This guide will serve as your walkthrough of all the things you need to cover before you are ready to launch your Vendor page on Buy Canadian Goods.

In this guide, we will be using a sample store as our example. We will take a look into our though process behind each product listing, copywriting, shipping settings and more before the official store was launched.

*Tip: If you get stuck, feel free to reach out to our support team. Our support staff are available via email to help you best!

How to set up an online store

  1. Visit www.buycanadiangoods.org to sign up as a member of BCGA
  2. Visit www.buycanadiangoods.com to create a Vendor account on our virtual marketplace
  3. Add products you want to sell to your online shop
  4. Customize your shipping settings
  5. Configure your tax settings
  6. Set up your payment gateway and payout preference
  7. Prepare your store for its official launch

1. Sign up as a member of Buy Canadian Goods Association

If you haven’t already, you will need to sign up to become a member of Buy Canadian Goods Association at www.buycanadiangoods.org. This will ensure that you are a Canadian business, and qualify to become a vendor on the Buy Canadian Goods marketplace.

2. Create a vendor account on the Buy Canadian Goods virtual marketplace

Once your membership is approved, you will then be able to head over to our virtual marketplace at www.buycanadiangoods.com to set up your vendor account. You will be promoted to enter a store name that your shop page will be recognized by. You will also be able to upload your store logo and set store hours if you prefer.

3. Add products you want to sell to your online shop

Currently you are only allowed to sell physical products on your shop page. Make sure that your product photography is clean and professional to attract customers to your shop page. We suggest white backgrounds and stock photos for some lifestyle inspiration! If you are on a limited budget, you can take photos using your smartphone camera as long as they’re clear and of good quality. Each product requires a product title, product description and price. We also recommend using SKU’s to keep track of your product inventory.

4. Customize your shipping settings

Shipping settings are calculated using weight, dimension and shipping class. You are also able to set the processing time based on your preference. We suggest offering free shipping as an effective incentive for customers to shop at your store. Please keep in mind that you will need to factor in shipping costs into the price of your products if you choose to do so. Otherwise, you may also customize your shipping settings based on flat rate shipping, standard shipping and express shipping. We have also integrated a plug-in into our marketplace that allows you to charge real-time carrier rates with various shipping providers such and Fedex and UPS. This will allow your customers to choose the exact shipping service they want, at a real-time price.

5. Configuring your tax settings

As a vendor, you are responsible for collecting taxes in applicable jurisdictions that your goods are sold (some exceptions may apply). Taxes are automatically applied for any products sold in Canada however, there are no tax settings configured for shipments outside of Canada. To override any tax settings, please visit the backend of your Account Manager.

6. Set up your payment gateways and payout preference

We have integrated Stripe payments into our virtual marketplace platform. This will allow you to accept payments from any major credit card from your customers. Once your payment gateways are set-up, you will be able to set your payout method via bank transfer, Paypal or Stripe by entering in your payment information.

7. Prepare your store for its official launch

You are ready to go live! At this time, if you skipped any of the above steps it is time to go back and make sure that your profile is complete prior to launching your store. Feel free to set up email notifications that allow you to be notified with any changes or updates to your shop.