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Check24

Check24.de is an online comparison portal that helps consumers find the right price/quality products. In addition to price comparisons, items are also sold on the Check24.de market.

On this page, you will find information about the settings you need to carry out in order to set up the market Check24 in plentymarkets. Learn how to set up the interface, how to export items to Check24 and how to define sales prices.

1. Registering with Check24

You need to register with Check24  before setting up Check24 in plentymarkets.

2. Setting up Check24 in plentymarkets

Carry out the following settings in plentymarkets in order to set up the interface to Check24.

Setting up Check24:

  1. Go to Setup » Markets » Check24.

  2. Activate the automatic data exchange.

  3. Enter the user name for the FTP partner login.

  4. Enter the FTP access password.

  5. Save () the settings.

Connecting to this market allows for the following automatic processes to take place:

  • hourly order synchronisation

3. Activating the order referrer

An order referrer tags an order with the sales channel on which the order was generated. You also need to activate the order referrer in order to link items, characteristics etc. with Check24. Go to Setup » Orders » Order referrer to activate the order referrer.

Activating the order referrer for Check24:

  1. Go to Setup » Orders » Order referrer.

  2. Activate the option Check24.

  3. Save () the settings.

4. Setting the variation availability

You need to activate the variations that you want to sell on Check24. This is done in the Availability tab of a variation within the Item » Edit item » [Open item] » [Open variation] menu.

Making a variation available for Check24:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item » [Open item] » [Open variation] » Tab: Settings.

  2. Open the variation that you want to sell on Check24.
    Tip: To sell all variations of an item on Check24, carry out the settings for the item’s main variation. This activates the availability of all variations of the item.

  3. In the Availability area, activate the option Active.

  4. Click on the Availability tab.

  5. In the Markets area, click in the selection field.
    → A list of all available markets is displayed.

  6. Activate the option Check24.

  7. Activate the option Web API.

  8. Click on Add ().
    → The market is added.

  9. Save () the settings.
    → The variation is available for Check24.

The variation group function allows you to edit several variations at once. You select the variations that you want to edit.

Making several variations available for Check24 using the variation group function:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Set the filter Table type to Variations.

  3. Choose additional filters on the left if needed and click on Search ().

  4. Select () the variations to be edited from the overview on the right.

  5. Click on Variation group function.
    → The Variation group function window opens.

  6. Navigate to the area Market availability.

  7. Activate the checkbox to the left of the option Check24.

  8. Activate the checkbox to the right of the option Check24.

  9. Activate the checkbox to the left of the option Web API.

  10. Activate the checkbox to the right of the option Web API.

  11. Navigate to the area Availability.

  12. Activate the checkbox to the left of the option Active.

  13. Activate the checkbox to the right of the option Active.

  14. Click on Execute to apply the settings.

Batch processing allows you to edit several variations at once. You use filters to limit which variations are edited.

Making several variations available for Check24 using batch processing:

  1. Go to Item » Batch processing.

  2. Click on the tab Variations in the upper left corner.

  3. Use the filters on the left to specify which variations should be processed.

  4. Navigate to the area Market availability.

  5. Activate the checkbox to the left of the option Check24.

  6. Activate the checkbox to the right of the option Check24.

  7. Activate the checkbox to the left of the option Web API.

  8. Activate the checkbox to the right of the option Web API.

  9. Navigate to the area Availability.

  10. Activate the checkbox to the left of the option Active.

  11. Activate the checkbox to the right of the option Active.

  12. Click on Apply to apply the settings to the variations.

5. Defining SKUs

SKU are generated automatically when your variations are exported. However, you can also save market specific SKU for variations that you want to sell on this market instead.

  1. Go to Item » Edit item » [Open item] » [Open variation] » Tab: Settings.

  2. Click on the Availability tab.

  3. In the SKU area, click on Add ().
    → The New SKU window opens.

  4. Select the referrer Check24.

  5. Enter the SKU.

  6. Click on Add ().
    → The SKU is saved and displayed.

Only the most important settings for the import are described here. Is this your first time working with the import tool? Then get familiar with how data imports work in plentymarkets first.
  • Create a CSV file with at least the columns described in Table 1.

  • Create an import with the following settings:

    • Select the type Item.

    • Select the matching field Variation ID.

    • Map the plentymarkets data fields as described in Table 1.

Table 1. Recommended columns of the import file
Column in CSV file Explanation plentymarkets data field for mapping

Variation ID

Enter the variation ID in this column.

Variation ID

Market ID

Enter the referrer ID 150 in this column.

SKU > Marketplace ID

Account ID

This market does not require a marketplace account. As such, enter the number 0 in this column.

SKU > Marketplace ID

SKU

Enter the SKU that you want to save for the variation for this market in this column.

SKU > SKU

6. Defining a sales price

Sales prices define the conditions under which a variation is sold at a specific price and on a specific sales channel. That means that to sell variations on Check24, you need a sales price in which the order referrer Check24 is activated. The price that you save for this sales price is the price that will be shown on Check24.

Defining a sales price for Check24:

  1. Go to Setup » Item » Sales prices » [Open sales price].
    Tip: No sales prices? Then create a new sales price first.

  2. Open the Settings tab.

  3. Activate the referrer Check24.

  4. Save () the settings.

7. Activating the payment method

As soon as an active account for check 24 exists, the payment method check 24 is automatically available in your plentymarkets system. No separate configurations are needed for this. You just need to permit the payment method in one or more customer classes.

Permitting the payment method in a customer class:

  1. Go to Setup » CRM » Classes.

  2. Open the customer class for which you want to permit the payment method.

  3. For the setting Permitted payment methods, activate the option check 24.

  4. Save () the settings.

8. Setting up the item export

This section explains how to transfer your items to Check24. The item export for Check24DE is carried out by the elastic export. The data formats Check24DE and Check24DE Fashion are used for this. You need to install the plugins ElasticExport and ElasticExportCheck24DE to use these data formats. First, create the data format Check24DE. Then transfer the URL to Check24.

8.1. Export format Check24DE

8.1.1. Creating the export format Check24DE

Creating an export format:

  1. Go to Data » Elastic export.

  2. Click on New export.

  3. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the explanations given in Table 2.

  4. Save the settings.
    → An ID is created for the export format Check24DE-Plugin.
    → The export format is shown in the Exports overview.

The following table lists details for settings, format settings and recommended item filters for the format Check24DE plugin.

Table 2. Settings for the data format Check24DE-Plugin
Setting Explanation

Settings

Name

Enter a name. The export format is listed by this name in the overview within the Exports tab.

Type

Select the type item from the drop-down list.

Format

Select Check24DE-Plugin.

Limit

Enter a number. If you want to transfer more than 9999 data records, then the output file is not generated again for another 24 hours. This is to save resources. If more than 9999 data records are necessary, the setting Generate cache file has to be active.

Generate cache file

Place a check mark if you want to transfer more than 9999 data records to the price search engine. We recommend that you do not activate this setting for more than 20 export formats. This is to ensure a high performance of the elastic export.

Provisioning

Select URL. Use this option to generate a token for authentication in order to allow external access.

Token, URL

If you selected the option URL under Provisioning, click on Generate token. The token is entered automatically. The URL is entered automatically if the token has been generated under Token.

File name

The file name must have the ending .csv or .txt for Check24.de to be able to import the file successfully.

Item filters

Add item filters

Select one or more item filters from the drop-down list and click on Add. There are no filters set by default. It is possible to add all item filters listed below from the drop-down list one after the other.

  • Variations = Transfer all or Only transfer main variations.

  • Markets = Select one market, several or ALL. The availability for all markets selected here has to be saved for the item. Otherwise, the export will not take place.

  • Currency = Select a currency.

  • Category = Activate to transfer the item with its category link. Only items belonging to this category are exported.

  • Image = Activate to transfer the item with its image. Only items with images are transferred.

  • Client = Select a client.

  • Stock = Select which stocks should be exported.

  • Flag 1 - 2 = Select a flag.

  • Manufacturer = Select one, several or ALL manufacturers.

  • Active = Only active variations will be exported.

Format settings

Product URL

Select the URL that you wish to transfer to the price search engine. You can either send the item’s URL and the variation’s URL. URLs of variations can only be transferred in combination with the Ceres store.

Client

Select a client. This setting is used for the URL structure and to filter valid sales prices.

URL parameter

Enter a suffix for the product URL if this is required for the export. If you activated the transfer option for the product URL further up, then this character string is added to the product URL.

Order referrer

Select the order referrer that should be assigned during the order import from the drop-down list. The order referrer is also used to filter valid sales prices and images. The selected referrer is added to the product URL so that sales can be analysed later.

Marketplace account

Select the marketplace account from the drop-down list.

Language

Select the language from the drop-down list.

Item name

Select Name 1, Name 2 or Name 3. The names are saved in the Texts tab of the item. Enter a number into the Maximum number of characters (def. text) field if desired. This specifies how many characters are exported for the item name.

Preview text

This option does not affect this format.

Description

Select the text that you want to transfer as description. Enter a number into the Maximum number of characters (def. text) field if desired. This specifies how many characters are exported for the description. Activate the option Remove HTML tags if you want HTML tags to be removed during the export. If you only want to allow specific HTML tags to be exported, then enter these tags into the field * Permitted HTML tags, separated by comma (def. text)* field. Use commas to separate multiple tags.

Target country

Select the target country from the drop-down list.

Barcode

Select the ASIN, ISBN or an EAN from the drop-down list. The barcode has to be linked to the order referrer selected above. Otherwise, the barcode will not be exported.

Image

Select Position 0 or First image to export this image.

  • Position 0 = An image with position 0 is transferred.

  • First image = The first image is transferred.

Image position of the energy label

This option does not affect this format.

Stock buffer

The stock buffer for variations with limitation to the net stock.

Stock for variations without stock limitation

The stock for variations without stock limitation.

Stock for variations with no stock administration

The stock for variations without stock administration.

Live currency conversion

Activate this option to convert the price into the currency of the selected country of delivery. The price has to be released for the corresponding currency.

Sales price

Select gross price or net price from the drop-down list.

Offer price

This option does not affect this format.

RRP

This option does not affect this format.

Shipping costs

Activate this option if you want to use the shipping costs that are saved in a configuration. If this option is activated, then you are able to select the configuration and the payment method from the drop-down lists. Activate the option Transfer flat rate shipping charge if you want to use a flat rate shipping charge. If this option is activated, a value has to be entered in the line underneath.

VAT note

This option does not affect this format.

Item availability

Activate the overwrite option and enter item availabilities into the fields 1 to 10. The fields represent the IDs of the availabilities. This overwrites the item availabilities that are saved in the menu System » Item » Item availability.

Export information

If you change one or more settings, then you will have to transfer the new link to Check24.

A maximum of 4000 items is exported at once. If you export more items, then a second export is automatically carried out. To display the second export process, set the parameter &Page = in the export link to 2.

Technical data is transferred to Check24 in the last column of the export file.

8.1.2. Available columns of the export file for the export format Check24DE

Open the export format Check24DE-Plugin in the Data » Elastic export menu to download and edit the export file.

Downloading the export file:

  1. Go to Data » Elastic export.

  2. In the line of the format Check24DE-Plugin, click on Download ().
    → The file is downloaded and saved on your computer.

  3. Open the export file with an appropriate program.

Table 3. Available columns of the export file for the export format Check24DE-Plugin
Column header Explanation

id
(mandatory)

The SKU of the variation for Check24.de.

manufacturer

The name of the manufacturer of the item. The external name saved in the Setup » Item » Manufacturers menu is preferred if existing.

mpnr

The model of the variation.

ean
(mandatory)

According to the format setting Barcode.

name
(mandatory)

According to the format setting Item name.

description

According to the format setting Description.

category_path

The category path of the default category for the Client configured in the format settings.

price
(mandatory)

The sales price.

price_per_unit

The base price information in the format "price / unit".
Example: 10.00 EUR / kilogram

link
(mandatory)

The URL path of the item. This depends on the client selected in the format settings.

image_url

The URL path of the first item image according to the format setting Image. Variation images will be prioritised over item images.
*Allowed file types:* jpg, gif, bmp, png

delivery_time

The name of the item availability saved in the Setup » Item » Availability menu or the translation according to the format setting Overwrite item availability.

delivery_cost

According to the format setting Shipping costs.

pzn

Empty

stock

The net stock of the variation. If a variation is not limited to its net stock, the stock is set to 999.

weight

The Weight as set in the menu Item » Edit item » [Open item] »[Open variation] » Tab: Settings » Dimensions.

8.2. Export format Check24DE Fashion

By installing this plugin you will receive the export format Check24DE Fashion. Use this format to exchange data between plentymarkets and Check24.de using the elastic export. You also need to install the plugin Elastic export from the plentyMarketplace first before you can use the format in plentymarkets.

Once both plugins are installed, you can create the export format Check24DE Fashion.

8.2.1. Creating the export format Check24DE Fashion

Creating an export format:

  1. Go to Data » Elastic export.

  2. Click on New export.

  3. Carry out the settings. Pay attention to the explanations given in Table 4.

  4. Save the settings.
    → An ID is created for the export format Check24DE-Plugin.
    → The export format is shown in the Exports overview.

The following table lists details for settings, format settings and recommended item filters for the format Check24DE Fashion.

Table 4. Settings for the data format Check24DE Fashion
Setting Explanation

Settings

Name

Enter a name. The export format is listed by this name in the overview within the Exports tab.

Type

Select the type item from the drop-down list.

Format

Select Check24DE Fashion.

Limit

Enter a number. If you want to transfer more than 9999 data records, then the output file is not generated again for another 24 hours. This is to save resources. If more than 9999 data records are necessary, the setting Generate cache file has to be active.

Generate cache file

Place a check mark if you want to transfer more than 9999 data records to the price search engine. We recommend that you do not activate this setting for more than 20 export formats. This is to ensure a high performance of the elastic export.

Provisioning

Select URL. Use this option to generate a token for authentication in order to allow external access.

Token, URL

If you selected the option URL under Provisioning, click on Generate token. The token is entered automatically. The URL is entered automatically if the token has been generated under Token.

File name

The file name must have the ending .csv or .txt for Check24.de to be able to import the file successfully.

Item filters

Add item filters

Select an item filter from the drop-down list and click on Add. There are no filters set by default. It is possible to add multiple item filters from the drop-down list one after the other.

  • Variations = Transfer all or Only transfer main variations.

  • Markets = Select one market, several or ALL. The availability for all markets selected here has to be saved for the item. Otherwise, the export will not take place.

  • Currency = Select a currency.

  • Category = Activate to transfer the item with its category link. Only items belonging to this category are exported.

  • Image = Activate to transfer the item with its image. Only items with images are transferred.

  • Client = Select a client.

  • Stock = Select which stocks should be exported.

  • Flag 1 - 2 = Select a flag.

  • Manufacturers = Select one, several or ALL manufacturers.

  • Active = Only active variations are exported.

Format settings

Product URL

This option does not affect this format.

Client

Select a client. This setting is used to filter valid sales prices.

URL parameter

This option does not affect this format.

Order referrer

Select the order referrer from the drop-down list. This setting is used to filter valid sales prices. The selected referrer is added to the product URL so that sales can be analysed later.

Marketplace account

Select the marketplace account from the drop-down list.

Language

Select the language from the drop-down list.

Item name

Select Name 1, Name 2, or Name 3. These names are saved in the Texts tab of the item. Enter a number into the Maximum number of characters (def. text) field if desired. This specifies how many characters are exported for the item name.

Preview text

Select the text that you want to transfer as preview text. Enter a number into the Maximum number of characters (def. text) field if desired. This specifies how many characters are exported for the description. Activate the option Remove HTML tags if you want HTML tags to be removed during the export. If you only want to allow specific HTML tags to be exported, then enter these tags into the * Permitted HTML tags, separated by comma (def. text)* field. Use commas to separate multiple tags.

Description

Select the text that you want to transfer as description. Enter a number into the Maximum number of characters (def. text) field if desired. This specifies how many characters are exported for the description. Activate the option Remove HTML tags if you want HTML tags to be removed during the export. If you only want to allow specific HTML tags to be exported, then enter these tags into the * Permitted HTML tags, separated by comma (def. text)* field. Use commas to separate multiple tags.

Target country

Select the target country from the drop-down list. This setting is used to filter valid sales prices.

Barcode

Select an EAN from the drop-down list. The barcode has to be linked to the order referrer selected above. Otherwise, the barcode will not be exported.

Image

Select Position 0 or First image to export this image.

  • Position 0 = An image with position 0 is transferred.

  • First image = The first image is transferred.

Image position of the energy label

This option does not affect this format.

Stock buffer

This option does not affect this format.

Stock for variations without stock limitation

This option does not affect this format.

Stock for variations with no stock administration

This option does not affect this format.

Live currency conversion

Activate this option to convert the price into the currency of the selected country of delivery. The price has to be released for the corresponding currency.

Sales price

This option does not affect this format.

Offer price

This option does not affect this format.

RRP

Activate if an valid sales price of type RRP should be exported.

Shipping costs

This option does not affect this format.

VAT note

This option does not affect this format.

Item availability

This option does not affect this format.

8.2.2. Available columns of the data format Check24DE Fashion

Open the export format Check24DE-Plugin in the Data » Elastic export menu to download and edit the export file.

Downloading the export file:

  1. Go to Data » Elastic export.

  2. In the line of the format Check24DE-Plugin, click on Download ().
    → The file is downloaded and saved on your computer.

  3. Open the export file with an appropriate program.

Table 5. Available columns of the data format Check24DE Fashion
Column header Explanation

Produktname
(product name) (mandatory)

According to the format setting Item name or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Produktname.

Variation-ID
(mandatory)

The parent SKU of the variation for Check24 or a string of characters according to "parent SKU"-"attribute value id" if a colour attribute is linked to the variation.

Model-ID
(mandatory)

The parent SKU of the variation for Check24.

Kategorie-Pfad
(category path)
(mandatory)

Category path of the default category of the client chosen in the settings above or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion Property link: Kategorie-Pfad.

Kurzbeschreibung
(short description)

According to the format setting Preview text or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Kurzbeschreibung. Characteristics will be prioritised.

Ausführliche Beschreibung
(detailed description)
(mandatory)

According to the format setting Description or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Ausführliche Beschreibung. Characteristics will be prioritised.

Amazon Sales Rank

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Amazon Sales Rank.

Unverbindliche Preisempfehlung
(recommended retail price)

The Sales Price of type RRP.

EAN
(mandatory)

According to the format setting Barcode or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link EAN. Characteristics will be prioritised.

ASIN

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link ASIN.

MPNR

The model of the variation or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link MPNR. Characteristics will be prioritised.

SKU

The SKU of the variation for Check24.de.

UPC

Barcode of the type UPC or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link UPC. Characteristics will be prioritised.

Bild-URL #1 - #20
(image url #1 - #20)
(mandatory)

The URL path of the item images according to the format setting Image. If colour variations exist, only images linked to the variation will be exported. Otherwise all images will be exported.

Absatzform
(heel form)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Absatzform.

Schuhspitze
(shoe toe)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Schuhspitze.

Geschlecht
(gender)
(mandatory)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Geschlecht.

Altersgruppe
(age group)
(mandatory)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Altersgruppe.

Größe
(size)
(mandatory)

Attribute with the attribute link Size for Google Shopping or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Größe. Attributes will be prioritised.

Größensystem
(size system)
(mandatory)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Größensystem.

Marke
(brand)
(mandatory)

The name of the manufacturer of the item or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Marke. Characteristics will be prioritised. The external name saved in the Setup » Item » Manufacturers menu is preferred if existing.

Material
(mandatory)

Attribute with the attribute link Material for Google Shopping or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Material. Attributes will be prioritised.

Innenfutter
(lining)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Innenfutter.

Absatzhöhe
(heel hight)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Absatzhöhe. Save the measurement as well as the unit of measurement as the characteristics value for the item. Example: 2 cm

Sohlenmaterial
(sole material)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Sohlenmaterial.

Passform
(fit)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Passform.

Verschluss
(fastening)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Verschluss.

Schafthöhe
(leg hight)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Schafthöhe. Save the measurement as well as the unit of measurement as the characteristics value for the item. Example: 5 cm

Schaftweite
(leg girth)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Schaftweite. Save the measurement as well as the unit of measurement as the characteristics value for the item. Example: 5 cm

Weite
(width)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Weite. Save the measurement as well as the unit of measurement as the characteristics value for the item.
Example: 5 cm

Muster
(pattern)

Attribute with the attribute link Muster for Google Shopping or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Muster. Attributes will be prioritised.

Herstellerfarbe
(manufacturer colour)
(mandatory)

Attribute with the attribute link Farbe for Google Shopping or from a characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Herstellerfarbe. Attributes will be prioritised.

Innensohlenmaterial
(insole material)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Innensohlenmaterial.

Anlass
(occasion)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Anlass.

Saison
(season)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Saison.

Sonstige
(other)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Sonstige.

Applikationen
(applications)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Applikationen.

Modestil
(style)

Characteristic of the type text or selection with the Check24 Fashion property link Modestil.

9. Order import

After the order import the order is set to status [5] cleared for shipping. The invoice address is always Check24. The customer’s address is the delivery address.

10. Sending shipping confirmations

At the moment it is not possible to automatically send shipping confirmations via the interface. Contact Check24 to set up automatic shipping confirmations.

11. Viewing the log

The Data » Log menu contains a history of processes that run via the check24 interface. Note that integrations and identifiers are only shown in the drop-down lists as filters after the process has run at least once.

For check24, the following filters are recommended:

  • Identifier » Check24OrderImport

Filtering and checking log entries
  1. Go to Data » Log.

  2. In the column to the left, select appropriate filters from the drop-down lists.

  3. Optional: Select filters for dates and/or times to only show entries from a specific period.
    Tip: For further information about the filters, refer to the Data log page of the manual.

  4. Click on Search ().
    → The results are shown.

  5. Check all entries for the levels warning and error.
    Tip: Click on the entry to see details.

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