# Shopify Billing

Retail Cloud Connect™ by Nimstrata is a SaaS tool that connects your ecommerce platforms to Google Cloud. You maintain full control and ownership over the underlying Google Cloud platform environment, including your data and retail configuration settings, but this also means that you are responsible for paying Google Cloud charges separately.

Retail Cloud Connect™ is an integration tool, also referred to as middleware, and empowers you to activate Google’s Product Discovery AI solutions without developing custom software or managing infrastructure. Nimstrata's app keeps your product catalog data synchronized, imports real-time inventory, pricing, and user events, and can serve search results, browse results, and recommendation predictions on your online storefront.

# Shopify Merchants

If Retail Cloud Connect™, named Nimstrata Search & Discovery in the Shopify App Store, is purchased via Shopify, app charges will be included on your Shopify invoice. Recurring and usage-based charges are billed every 30 days. All charges are billed in USD. We do not charge for Shopify test or development stores.

# Retail Cloud Connect™ Pricing

The most up-to-date app pricing is available on the Nimstrata website.

  • Our base platform fee is tiered and based on the number of Shopify catalog SKUs - this fixed fee helps us keep our global infrastructure running, your catalog up-to-date, and our high-performance APIs ready to serve results on your storefront
  • Our serving fee costs $0.50 per 1,000 Retail Search API calls and $0.05 per 1,000 Recommendation AI API calls
  • We follow Google’s pricing model and do not charge a fee for autocomplete requests
  • We do not charge a fee to import real-time user events to Google's Retail API

# Google Cloud Pricing

The most up-to-date Retail Search and Recommendations AI pricing is available on the Google Cloud website. As of December 2023:

  • Browse and Search serving costs $2.50 per 1,000 API calls
  • The first 20,000,000 Recommendations AI predictions are $0.27 per 1,000 API calls, then tiered at lower prices based on total volume
  • Recommendations AI model training is $2.50 per node, per hour

Google Cloud charges can be paid by credit card via a self-serve, automatically paid billing account, or you can apply for monthly invoiced billing. The Cloud Billing overview page in Google Cloud’s documentation contains details on this application process.

# Pricing Estimates

Pricing estimates are based on catalog size and user traffic, ultimately depending on a store’s usage patterns. Nimstrata can help you estimate your total Retail Cloud Connect™ and Google Cloud bills if desired. If you are a heavy user of the service, we can also help you reach the right contacts at Google Cloud to discuss volume-based discounts.