The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

March 22, 2005 07:01 ET

Descartes Launches New Ocean Rate Management Product




MARCH 22, 2005 - 07:01 ET

Descartes Launches New Ocean Rate Management Product

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2005) -

Ocean RateBuilder™ enables ocean carriers to manage open tariff
rates, contracts and rate agreements in all trade lanes with one

The Descartes Systems Group Inc., (TSX:DSG), (Nasdaq:DSGX), a leading
provider of on-demand technology and services that help distribution and
logistics sensitive organizations deliver, announced today the launch of
its new Ocean Rate Management product, Ocean RateBuilder™. The launch
coincides with today's start of the National Institute for Transport and
Logistics (NITL) ocean rate management conference.

Building on Descartes' strong ocean rate management product base, Ocean
RateBuilder includes workflow management - functionality that enables
ocean carriers to use a single application to negotiate rates with their
customers. Ocean RateBuilder also allows ocean carriers to manage and
retrieve both regulated and non-regulated tariff rates and rate
contracts from a single application.

Other key features of Ocean RateBuilder include:

- The ability to use internal codes in the Ocean RateBuilder database,
vastly simplifying integration of rate information into back office
systems that handle booking, documentation, audit, demurrage and yield

- Support for importing and exporting spreadsheets, thereby simplifying
the publishing of calculable contracts and rate agreements and
streamlining the process of integrating shipper bids;

- Workflow tools to facilitate, automate and enhance the carrier's
business process for managing the negotiation of rates and contracts
between sales, pricing and trade management;

- The ability to edit rates, inlands, surcharges and contracts in
real-time, enabling bills of lading and rate quotes to include the most
current data;

- Integration of contracts prepared by shippers using Descartes' Ocean
Negotiator bid management tool;

- The ability to generate quotes or contract proposals from templates
for multiple and/or multi-factor rates to customers while keeping a
record of the quote for future reference and booking;

- An integrated, flexible reporting module for enhanced rate analysis
for pricing, sales, customer support and trade management personnel;

- Enhanced security features that enable protection of global rates by
region, country or more specific geographic criteria.

"The new Ocean RateBuilder product has the potential to produce a
quantum shift in the way carriers manage rates and contracts on a global
basis," said Edward Ryan, General Manager of Descartes' Global Logistics
Network. "Today, carriers typically have several different systems
around the world in which they manage rates and contracts. Ocean
RateBuilder will give carriers the ability to do this in one global
system. Since effective rate management drives the carrier booking and
documentation process, we see Ocean RateBuilder providing tremendous
opportunities for carriers to improve customer service, rating accuracy,
and workflow efficiency on a global scale."

About Descartes

The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is a leading
provider of on-demand technology and services that help distribution and
logistics sensitive organizations deliver. By enabling companies to
efficiently and effectively manage the delivery of goods, Descartes'
products and services help reduce costs, save time and enhance customer
satisfaction. Descartes delivers trading partner connectivity and
document exchange, rate management, route planning, wireless dispatch,
inventory and asset visibility, transportation management and warehouse
optimization solutions for industries such as retail, consumer goods,
manufacturing, transportation, distribution and third-party logistics.
These solutions help customers optimize and gain real-time control of
their inventory, logistics assets and mobile workforce. Descartes'
products and services are used by more than 2,500 customers in over 60
countries. For more information, visit

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This release contains forward-looking statements that relate to
Descartes' product and service functionality and performance, potential
benefits derived therefrom, Descartes' competitive position and other
matters that may constitute forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of Descartes to differ materially from the
anticipated results, performance or achievements implied by such
forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited
to, any delay in Ocean RateBuilder being made generally available and
the factors discussed in the section entitled, "Risk Factors" in
documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario
Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada.


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