Welcome to the locr BATCH Tool!
The locr BATCH Tool’s main page gives an overview of your existing projects. All of your existing projects will be listed here. Double click on a project to open it. By selecting a project in the list, you can choose one of the activities below (select, delete or copy project).
The contact and the help button on the upper right hand side will be present on every page during the project creation process. Whenever you feel uncertain about a step in the locr BATCH Tool, click on the question mark button to open this manual. Or click on the envelope button to send your questions and comments directly to the locr team.
To start a new project, click ‘create project’.
Please note that the locr BATCH Tool is designed for smaller, simple projects. Processing addresses above 10k can cause massive queue time. If you have high volume or complex projects please contact the locr team—we’re looking forward to collaborate with you!
You will find small question mark buttons throughout the steps of the locr BATCH Tool. Click on a question mark button to get more information about the particular step.
In the first step you will define what kind of maps you want to use for your project. The short summary below each map sample gives you an overview of the map’s features and recommended applications.
NAVImaps with one routeGenerate NAVImaps with one route from the recipient's (customer's) address to one destination location such as a store or other Point of Interest. Destination locations can either be allocated to recipients in the database or calculated automatically by travel time or distance.
NAVImaps with multiple routesGenerate NAVImaps with multiple routes from the recipient's address to up to five destinations. Destination locations can either be allocated to recipients in the database or calculated automatically by travel time or distance.
LOCALmaps with one locationGenerate LOCALmaps to show the recipient's (customer's) address or any other Point of Interest. The location can be highlighted with various icons in different colors.
LOCALmaps with multiple locationsGenerate LOCALmaps with up to five destination locations such as stores or other Points of Interest around the recipient's (customer's) address. Destination locations can either be assigned to recipients in the database or selected automatically based on travel time or distance.
If you chose a LOCALmap with one location, you will be asked to upload one address file only because the LOCALmap only displays one location per map. For all other project types two address files need to be uploaded—one for the recipient and one for the destination data. Click “browse…” to search for the appropriate file in your explorer.
The recipient and destination data files need to be CSV files containing the following address information in separate columns: ID, house number, street, city, postcode or ZIP and country (if more than one country is in the data file).
CSV files can be created in Excel or any other program capable of exporting a CSV file. Download a template CSV file here. Please follow the scheme in the template to avoid problems in the geocoding process.
If you are familiar with the locr BATCH Tool already, you can upload a manually designed configuration or choose one from a previous project.
In the following two steps you can check if the columns of your recipient and destination address list contain the right headings. Please assign the appropriate categories to the columns of your uploaded address list.
If you already added the standard column names (id, street, house, postal, city, country), check the box ‘First line contains column headings’. The locr BATCH Tool will now identify them as column headings and not as address data.
If you have latitude and longitude available you can add them to the CSV file as well. If you add a column with the heading “shop_id” you can assign IDs for your destination locations beforehand. Otherwise the locr BATCH Tool will do this automatically during the project process.
If your address file already contains column headings please check the box ‘first line contains column headings’. This setting fades out the first line which is then ignored in the further project process.
Please note that if the box is not checked (for files with column headings only) the first line will be considered as address data.
If the address file does not contain country names, and provided that all addresses are located in the same country, please select a country from the dropdown menu.
Please note that countries must be defined according to the standard ISO 3166-1 ALPHA-2 or ISO 3166-1 ALPHA-3 (codes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1).
The recipient and destination ID helps the locr BATCH Tool to identify each address individually. The ID should be a unique value as it will be used for the file name of each map.
If you did not assign IDs to your recipient and/or destination addresses manually, the locr BATCH Tool will automatically generate IDs for each address.
To manually pre-assign one or more destinations to your recipient addresses just add a column titled “shop_id” to your recipient address file and assign a destination ID to each recipient address. This assignment can also be processed by the locr BATCH Tool which automatically assigns the nearest destination location to each recipient address.
Please note that the manual assignment can cause errors if the destination location could not be geocoded but was assigned to a recipient address. We therefore recommend to have this carried out by the locr BATCH Tool.
After completing this step, your address files will be uploaded to the locr BATCH Tool and you can go on to the next step to define the appearance of your personalized maps.
Minimum number of Destinations: Select the minimum number of destinations that you want assigned to each recipient. If the selected minimum number of destinations cannot be found within the maximum specified distance for any addresses, these particular addresses will be excluded from the project. For example, if you want no less than 5 destinations assigned to each recipient address, choose 5 for the minimum number of destinations. Now all recipient addresses that can’t be assigned to 5 destinations will be excluded.
Maximum number of Destinations: Select the maximum number of destinations that you want assigned to each recipient. If there are more than 5 destinations that are within the maximum specified distance, only the 5 nearest destinations will be taken into account. For example, if you want no more than 3 destinations assigned to each recipient, chose 3 for the maximum number of destinations.
Maximal distance to destination: Specify the maximum distance allowed between a recipient address and a destination location. If there are no locations within the search distance then no route will be calculated.
In this last step of your project you will find an overview of all the geo-information in the project.
If you made any changes to address data you can download the updated address file here.
Click on a row and then click download or double click on a row. Doing so, another window opens up and gives you the options of a test run which is free of charge or the fee-based download.
In the “account” area you can see an overview of your project status. Finished projects are shown with the creation date and volume created so you can understand the mapping charges. You also can see the status of your remaining map licenses so you will know if you need to purchase additional licenses for your next project.