The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

January 16, 2007 06:30 ET

New Descartes Solutions Captivate Retail Leaders

End-to-End Solution Delivers Business Value to Market Leaders

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG)(NASDAQ:DSGX), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that the new solutions it is offering for the retail market have captured the attention of many of the largest retailers in North America. CVS/pharmacy, Samsung, Bad Boy Furniture, and Grocery Gateway are among the major retail brands that have selected Descartes for the business value it delivers by standardizing business processes.

Descartes' solution for the retail market combines the power and value of the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN) with an integrated suite of advanced logistics applications offered on a transaction or subscription basis. With off-the-shelf 'nano'-sized applications that run across Descartes' extensive multimodal network, logistics processes are executed more efficiently and effectively between retailers, their suppliers and logistics services providers.

"Our industry-leading retail customers have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve success and attain a faster time to value by using the combined power of our extensive application portfolio, existing multimodal network and SaaS model to manage their supply chain from source to consumer," said Arthur Mesher, CEO at Descartes. "Our customers can easily interact with their trading partners and suppliers to reduce transportation and inventory costs, and improve service across their supply chains."

With its SaaS approach to delivering these highly targeted logistics applications that integrate seamlessly together to deliver maximum value to customers, Descartes provides the retail market with end-to-end visibility across the supply chain, from the sourcing of products to delivery to the customer's door. By taking advantage of the GLN's standards-based approach to process execution, Descartes delivers the fastest time to value without the upfront capital costs of other enterprise systems. These applications streamline and authenticate interactions with suppliers; improve inventory control, carrier management, and vendor performance to keep costs in line; allow for more effective management of dock scheduling; optimize vehicle routing and scheduling to drive efficiencies; and provide visibility into last mile delivery for greater service delivery.

Descartes provides the functionality and flexibility that retailers require to effectively take customer service to the next level. A portfolio of component-based applications are tailor-made for retail operations and can scale across implementations from a single application to an end-to-end deployment to reduce value added network costs. These applications include:

- Inbound Delivery Compliance Reporting and Scorecarding: Retailers can measure and report on supplier and carrier performance to track compliance with tight delivery schedules;

- Global Supply Chain Visibility: Offers a global view of inventory processes, enabling retailers to boost overall performance and increase sales. With visibility into the supply chain, retailers can improve inventory planning, minimize obsolescence and reduce inventory, prepare reports for advance notification of shipping, gain control of receiving functions, and ensure on time shipping;

- Dock Appointment Scheduling: Enables third party truckers and suppliers to book appointments online for dock doors. This boosts operational efficiencies by ensuring staff are ready to unload orders at the time of delivery and can manage inventory especially during promotions;

- Outbound Delivery Management: Optimizes routing and scheduling of delivery fleets - from the distribution center (DC) to the store, and from the store or DC to the consumer's front door - to reduce costs and improve service by maximizing asset utilization and providing for scheduled delivery;

- Private Fleet and Contract Carrier Management: Whether the retailer owns its delivery trucks or uses an outside service, Descartes can manage the trucks to ensure end-to-end performance including proof-of-delivery and carrier payment; and

- Messaging: This enables purchase orders to be disseminated directly to suppliers, advance shipping notifications (ASN) to be collected, and shipment status messages to be delivered in real time once goods are shipped and again after arrival.

About Descartes

Descartes (NASDAQ:DSGX)(TSX:DSG), a leading provider of software-as-a-service logistics solutions, is delivering results around the globe today for organizations that operate logistics intensive businesses. Descartes' logistics management solutions provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, "book-to-bill" contract carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. Its comprehensive offering helps Descartes customers reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven; and improve pick up and delivery reliability. 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 over 300 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Toronto, Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C. and Stockholm. For more information, visit

This release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements") that relate to Descartes' solution offering and potential benefits derived therefrom; and other matters. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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