What is Google Autocomplete?

Google Autocomplete speeds up the checkout by reducing the # of keystrokes required and offers suggested addresses.

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What is Address Validator?

Address Validator checks addresses for deliverability and proper formatting to mitigate delays in shipping.

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Address Validator checks for deliverability, Google Autocomplete does not

Common issue #1: Missing apartment or suite #

City addresses often require an apartment # and omitting this component often results in a failed delivery. Address Validator checks to make sure an apartment is specified when required, Google Autocomplete does not.

Example: Infinity Towers in San Francisco has 650 units and is located at 301 Main Street.

Google Autocomplete does not make any suggestions or warnings, even when the apartment # is missing:

Address Validator issues a warning if the customer proceeds without an apartment #: 

Common issue #2: Non-existent addresses

Customers often transpose two numbers on the shipping address by mistake. For example, they may accidentally type in "310" instead of "301" Main Street. This results in a failed delivery 310 Main Street does not exist.

Google Autocomplete does not check to make sure the address exists. You can test this out by specifying a street # that does not exist, for example, 300000 Main St. Google Autocomplete still populates a list of addresses for the customer to select:

Address Validator issues a warning if the customer proceeds with an address that does not exist: 

Address Validator checks for deliverability to mitigate failed deliveries. Google Autocomplete speeds up the checkout by reducing the # of keystrokes. The two products are highly complementary and should be used together.

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