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Monitoring outbound shipments

A mission for an outbound shipment starts when you send the shipment and ends when the shipment reaches the final destination.

Preparations

Prepare how to attach the QR data logger to your shipment.

  • The wrap around the QR logger is a sticker. It's a good way to attach the logger to dry and smooth surfaces inside or outside of pallets or parcels.
  • You can also connect a small supermagnet behind the QR logger. This is a perfect way to attach the QR logger if your shipment contains metal. The QR logger is easy to attach and remove again and again.
  • You may also print instructions to the recipient on a paper or return envelope and stick the QR logger to it. Logger is small and especially colourful paper help recipient to notice it and to read the short instructions.
  • If you monitor shocks, you need to attach the QR logger to the monitored target itself, not to the package material. This way you can be sure to get shock readings that targeted at the product being monitored.
  • If you monitor humidity, the QR logger needs to be in the monitored space. For instance QR logger inside the return envelope will monitor humidity inside the envelope.

Make sure that the QR logger's setups are suitable for shipments. Measurement interval, shock threshold and what channels you want to monitor can be changed.

  • It's easier to upload the data to the cloud if measurements from the delivery period can fit in one QR code, especially if the recipient scans the QR Tag.
  • If delivery time is long and you need high density data, prepare to scan the history QR codes.
  • In any case make sure that the internal memory of 20 000 measurements is enough for all data collected during the shipping. You can estimate the correct QR logger setups with Logmore calculator. The QR logger settings can be change by following
    Logger Configuration
    instructions.

Make sure that the data logger is activated (QR is visible on the screen) before attaching the QR logger to the shipment. Especially if you are using single-use QR loggers.

Plan the collection of used QR loggers to reuse them, if possible. If you are able to get about 50% of your QR loggers back for reuse, it will lower your overall monitoring costs. If not, then we recommend you to use single-use QR loggers. You can manage your subscriptions in shop.logmore.com. You can find instructions to manage your subscription here.

Shipping

Use the most suitable way to start a Mission based on how many shipments you are sending.

  • With smaller shipment batches, scan the QR logger with your smartphone, press "Create Mission", write a name for the Mission and select alert rules.
  • With larger shipment batches, we recommend you to use the "Mass scan tags" feature in Logmore cloud. This will enable you to use a hand-held scanner and automating the start of the mission. When you scan the QR logger and the delivery number from the barcode, this will automatically start a mission with pre-set alert rules, and the delivery number will be set as the Mission name.
  • If you are shipping a considerably large amount of shipments, we recommend you to use Logmore API and connect it to your corporate management systems. This way a Mission starts automatically when the delivery is marked to be sent in your warehouse management system. Please contact Logmore team for further information.

If you are monitoring several points of the same shipment, link all QR loggers of the shipment to the same mission.

Remember to activate the QR logger(s) before attaching them to the shipment.

Ending the shipment monitoring (Mission)

The easiest way to end the mission is to get the recipient to scan QR logger at the destination. When the recipient scans the QR logger, the mission stops automatically if you have selected "Auto-stop" in the Logger setups.

  • We highly recommend you to make sure all data collected during the delivery fits in one QR code. This means the recipient scans only the live QR code without the need to scan history QR codes.
  • The recipient will need instructions but also motivation and reasoning to do the scanning. Give simple instructions to the recipient. All they need to do is to scan the QR Tag with their mobile device.
  • Recipient may be interested if the conditions during the shipping has been right. Even if they don't have user rights, they can see "Shipments ok" or "Shipment need attention" with instructions messages depending if the alert rules have been exceeded or not. Contact Logmore support@logmore.com, if you want to activate this feature to your customers.
Scan page
Scan page

If it's not possible for the recipient to scan the QR Tag, they can return the QR Tag to you to be scanned.

  • In this case the QR logger collects data from the start of the shipment until you get it back.
  • When you scan the returned QR logger all data from the start of shipping needs to be uploaded to the cloud. You may need to prepare to scan some history QR codes too.
  • After scanning you can change the ending time of the Mission to match the time when the shipment was delivered to the final destination. If you have the shipment delivery time in some other systems, like ERP, Logmore API can be used to add that as a Mission ending time.

Right after the QR code has been scanned and the data is uploaded, Logmore cloud checks if alert rules have been exceeded and informs the result in the scan page, Logmore cloud and can also send notifications via email/SMS to selected recipients.

Best practice library

Contact support@logmore.com to get the best practises to improve your monitoring process even further and to learn about different possibilities in utilizing the collected information inside your organization and with 3rd party stakeholders.

FAQ

Why don't I just use 1-minute measurement interval?

Tag has an internal memory for 20 000 measurements and one QR code can include around 1700 measurements. Collecting measurements more often will increase the amount of data and the QR logger needs to be scanned more often. Also the need to scan history QR codes increases because all new data does not fit to the live QR code on the screen.

Why do I need to setup a threshold for shocks?

Every stored shock reserves 3 measurement blocks (X, Y and Z direction). Shock threshold is the lowest hit that will be measured. Too low shock threshold will fill the tags memory quickly.

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