April 11, 2019

Logmore Feature: Missions [Updated 9/2019]

As the first part of our Logmore Features series, this blog post explains the purpose of "Missions" and how they make your work simpler, faster, more practical and above all, easier.

Why we have developed this feature

For many organizations, the primary target of monitoring are shipments. Since the products need to stay in top condition throughout the supply chain, shipment monitoring is the #1 important feature for many companies when it comes to data logging.

"Missions", as we've labeled them, are Logmore's answer to this need. Yes, it sounds like a massive deal, requiring a lot of time spent organizing, after all, no data logging company offers such a service.

"Au contraire!" I say. "Missions are shipment monitoring made as easy as it can be. Even I, a mere writer with no logistics expertise at all, can manage them effortlessly." I guess missions are sort of a big deal in that way after all.

Now, what are missions?

Said in a fancy way, missions are a way to manage the data collected by your loggers. You can set up a mission to gather information from specific situation, for example an order or a shipment. Missions can include information such as alerts, reports and custom notes to the end user.

To say the same thing in a way you'd actually want to say it, missions are shipments and shipments are missions. There is no distinction between them. When you pack a shipment, you add a logger to it to keep track of the temperature and whatever circumstances you want to monitor. If you want to be extra careful, you might pack multiple loggers all around the shipment package or container to make sure that all the different parts are in similar conditions.

As you add the loggers to the shipment, you can use Logmore Web to include them in the mission created for that shipment as well. This way you can easily keep track of which loggers are used for which shipment, and they all contribute to a singular shipment record. (Which you can access directly in Logmore Web or download.)

A mission can be set for a specific shipment or other contexts, where multiple loggers are associated with a single task at the same time. Maybe you would like to monitor certain refrigerators between shipments, or maybe you don't ship products at all.

It starts when that specific shipment begins, for example when you first send the shipment, and ends when the shipment is received at the destination.

One logger, multiple missions

As it should be, a single Logmore QR data logger can be used in multiple shipments. While the low price may make it sound even more disposable, the tag is exceptionally easy to send back to the sender thanks to it tiny size. In a company's internal use, the reusability gets to shine even brighter!

Do you have a boxful of old loggers under your desk? A horrible sight that can now be forgotten.

Why use the missions feature?

The better question is, why not use the missions feature? Actually, there are no reasons not to use missions to monitor shipments, or even the contents of a specific refrigerator or storeroom. As said, the main benefit of missions is how it makes all of the included loggers work together, to provide a single report with all the data collected by the loggers, where traditionally the only option has been a report per logger, and you would have needed to compile the data into one report manually.

In other words, missions minimize the time needed for data management during and after the shipping.

A single place for control

I've already managed to sell you the concept of missions, haven't I? Well, there's still more to them: they provide a way to control a large amount of tags at the same time. The obvious basic settings that come with missions are the start and ending times for them as well as the loggers used in them. The other settings include mission-specific alerts, quick-start templates and presets, and even scan page customization to suit specific needs, such as situations where the employee scanning only needs to see a thumbs up or down symbol to determine the condition the shipment is in.

We're also proud of our in-house developer team, who keep implementing new, exciting options and features all the time. Who knows how much control the missions feature will allow you in the future?

Using missions

Since there's more and more users of the Logmore users every day, and you might already be one of them, I should probably include a short guide to demonstrate how to start a mission. Here goes: creating a mission is a simple three-step (or four, if you count the optional step) procedure in Logmore Web.

  1. Click "New Mission"
  2. Enter a name for the Mission to make it easy to identify (for example, shipment number + destination)
  3. Select the loggers you want to include in the Mission
  4. (Optional:) Set custom start time for the Mission. The default is "now".

Companies with their own specific shipment IDs can enter them as the mission name or as a note in the "Mission notes" field to ensure easy identification. As usual, that means time saved on efficient data management.

You can inspect the missions our demo tags have been used for in the Logmore Web. Just remember to use the demo login if you want to do this!.

Tip: Retroactive Missions

Less known fact: the missions feature is built so that you can create a mission for a past time range. Intuitive? Not very. Useful? Extremely so, if you have a specific time range to check afterwards.

For example, some of our customers use the missions feature retroactively by opening Logmore Web when they receive a shipment from their partners, scanning the QR tag included and creating a mission for it. The starting and ending times for the mission are retrieved from the official paperwork that that comes with the shipment. If anything that fits the alert parameters set by the organization has happened, the alerts are triggered without a delay and the employee sees the complete reporting for the shipping process effortlessly. Since it is a waste of time and resources to test a potentially spoilt sample, the employee saves those resources for that sample.

Did you enjoy this post on the Logmore Feature, missions? In the next post of the series, we'll discuss another pioneering Logmore feature. In the meantime, check out our other blog posts and keep an eye on our social media channels. See you next week!

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