Descartes Unveils Its Next Generation of Logistics Solutions At Global User Group Conference

          Comprehensive, Multi-modal, Multi-process Solutions Are Designed to Deliver Rapid Results for Customers

ATLANTA, — March 30, 2009 — (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Evolution 2009 User Group Conference -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, unveiled its latest generation of solutions at its Global User Group Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, which runs from March 24-26, 2009.

Descartes' updated offerings provide a broad footprint of capabilities across multiple modes of transportation to support the end-to-end shipment management process. The solutions leverage the power of the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), a community of over 20,000 companies in over 130 countries exchanging logistics information. As announced earlier this week, Geodis Wilson and Sanimax, are among the major brands that have selected Descartes for the value it delivers by standardizing business processes, connecting them to a community of logistics service providers, as well as extending their shipment management process.

Highlights of enhanced solutions to be demonstrated at the conference include:

  • Integrated shipment management for air, ocean, truck and small package operations;
  • Combined private fleet and common carrier management;
  • Integrated route planning and mobile for fleet operations;
  • Multi-national customs and regulatory compliance;
  • Advanced messaging services for logistics and commercial communities;
  • Integrated visibility, dock appointment scheduling and yard management for inbound operations; and
  • Management of customs broker and freight forwarder back-office operations.
The new and enhanced services empower customers to better manage their contract carriers, connectivity with their trading partners, regulatory compliance and fleets. Available as individual components or integrated with the GLN to support end-to-end processes, these solutions are offered on a pay-as-you-go basis to help accelerate time-to-value.

"We've spent the last year working on extending and streamlining our offerings to help our customers save money in their businesses. Regardless of size or mode, our solutions deliver results quickly for logistics-intensive organizations," said Chris Jones, executive vice president of Solutions and Services at Descartes. "At the same time, we deliver some of the most comprehensive and advanced, end-to-end logistics technology available in the market today."

"In this tough economic climate, providing solutions that pay rather than cost is critical for our customers," said Arthur Mesher, CEO at Descartes. "Our pay-as-you-go pricing model helps lower the operational and financial risk for our customers. We empower our customers to achieve operational results that impact their bottom line and enable them to compete more effectively in the global economy."

About 2009 Descartes Global User Conference

Descartes is hosting its Global User Conference and Global Logistics and Customs Advisory Council meetings in Atlanta, Georgia on March 24, 25 and 26, 2009. Details on the events can be found at The primary sponsors for the event are Xata, Avocus Group, BSM Wireless, CombineNet, Intermec, Motorola, Navteq, NationLink Wireless, SMC3, TeleAtlas, Telogis, Turnpike Global Technologies, and Viewnyx. Descartes customers speaking at the event include the Vice President of Engineering at DHL Express, as well as spokespersons from CVS/Pharmacy, Delta Cargo, The Home Depot, Ideal Supply, Panalpina and others. Samuel Banks, Executive Vice President of Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services and retired Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs will also be speaking at the event covering key issues and strategic global trends for international trade, customs and public health/safety agencies.

About Descartes

Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is making the world a better place by enabling global organizations with logistics-intensive businesses to save money by improving the productivity and performance of their operations. Underlying Descartes' offerings is the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), one of the world's most extensive multi-modal business applications network. As a federated software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, the Descartes GLN combines with component-based 'nano' sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services to help manage third party carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. Descartes' solutions and services deliver results by enabling organizations around the world to reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven; improve pick up and delivery reliability; and optimize working capital through fleet visibility. Descartes' hosted, transactional and packaged solutions deliver repeatable, measurable results and fast time-to-value. Descartes customers include an estimated 1,600 ground carriers and more than 90 airlines, 30 ocean carriers, 900 freight forwarders and third-party providers of logistics services, and hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, private fleet owners and regulatory agencies. The company has more than 350 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Montreal, Miami, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Derby, London, Stockholm, Shanghai, and Toronto. For more information, visit

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