The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

November 16, 2005 07:00 ET

Descartes' Multimodal Track & Trace Service Drives Improved Service and Efficiency at Cargo Express

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2005) -

Global Logistics Network Service Improves Visibility to Global Shipments for Leading Logistics Services Provider and its Customers

The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DSGX)(TSX:DSG), a leading provider of on-demand delivery management solutions and services for transportation, logistics, manufacturing, retail and distribution enterprises, today announced that Cargo Express, Inc., a leading transportation and logistics services provider, has expanded its relationship with Descartes and deployed Descartes' Multimodal Track & Trace™ service to improve service and efficiency through better visibility to global shipments.

Cargo Express specializes in providing hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses with ocean import/export services, shipment consolidation, customs brokerage services and domestic intermodal transportation for rail, truck and air. Descartes' Multimodal Track & Trace service, delivered via the Descartes Global Logistics Network™ (GLN) gives Cargo Express the ability to track the current status of shipments across different transportation modes and carriers via a single interface. In addition, the service's intuitive user interface offers Cargo Express' customers self-serve access to shipment status information 24 hours per day, seven days per week over the internet.

"Several other service providers approached us, but we chose to continue working with Descartes because of its innovative multimodal solution offering and the reach of the Descartes Global Logistics Network," said Joe Pfender, President of Cargo Express, Inc. "Descartes' value-added services, like Multimodal Track & Trace, leverage our existing connections to the GLN and give us the ability to cost-effectively make shipment status information easier to access for our employees and customers. This capability helps improve our productivity and customer service."

Descartes' Multimodal Track & Trace service has helped to further streamline Cargo Express' operations by reducing the time its employees spend on the telephone and online gathering shipment status information from multiple transportation carriers. The service also assists in improving internal coordination between Cargo Express' corporate offices in Yardley, Pennsylvania and its agents worldwide.

"The Descartes GLN enables companies like Cargo Express to efficiently connect and collaborate with trading partners across geographies and transportation modes," said Ed Ryan, Descartes' General Manager, Global Logistics Network. "Services like Multimodal Track & Trace enable our customers to gain greater value from the data exchanged via the GLN. We are excited about the opportunity to help Cargo Express and its customers improve their business performance."

About Cargo Express

As provider that specializes in the export and import business, Cargo Express contracts with over 15 different shipping lines and operates in 21 different countries on six continents: Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, Africa and North America. In the United States, its personalized services also extend to areas like Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, Seattle and Dallas. Cargo Express is also bonded and licensed by the US Treasury Department as a customs broker, has an active tariff on file with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and is licensed by the FMC as an Ocean Transportation Intermediary (FMC No. 14352N).

About Descartes

The Descartes Systems Group Inc. is a leading provider of on-demand delivery management solutions for transportation, logistics, manufacturing, retail and distribution enterprises. Descartes delivers trading partner connectivity and document exchange, route planning, wireless dispatch, rate management, inventory and asset visibility, transportation management and warehouse optimization solutions for industries such as retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and third-party logistics. Descartes offers solutions that can be deployed as traditional applications or as a service to help customers optimize and gain real-time control of their inventory, logistics assets and mobile workforce. Descartes solutions are used by more than 2,500 customers in over 60 countries. For more information, visit

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