The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

June 06, 2007 07:00 ET

Descartes Receives Operational Research Award

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG)(NASDAQ:DSGX), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that it was awarded the Omond Solandt award of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) for 2007.

The Omond Solandt Award is bestowed on an organization, private or governmental, that has made an outstanding contribution to operational research in Canada. Previous recipients include J.D. Irving, Canada Post, Air Canada, and Ernst & Young.

Descartes received the Omond Solandt Award in recognition of its innovative transportation and logistics solutions, which incorporate advanced operational research techniques and result in Canadian and international economic contributions. Descartes was presented with the award in May at the CORS Annual Banquet held at the Great Hall of the University of Western Ontario in London.

"Descartes helps organizations with logistics-intensive businesses improve the productivity and performance of their operations," said Arthur Mesher, Descartes' Chief Executive Officer. "We are honoured that our multi-modal global logistics network and component-based applications have been recognized for the time and cost savings they deliver to our customers."

"Descartes embodies the creative and practical use of operations research techniques," said Matt Davison, 2007 Conference Co-Chair and Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Departments of Applied Mathematics and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. "The company has developed and integrated sophisticated optimization and routing algorithms into its solutions. We are recognizing Descartes for its impact in optimizing large multiple-criteria problems using these algorithms."

The Omond Solandt award was first awarded in 1978. Dr. Solandt was the founder and first chairman of the Defence Research Board. At various times in his life he headed the Science Council of Canada, was a vice-chairman of Canadian National Railways, and Chancellor of the University of Toronto.

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX:DSG)(NASDAQ:DSGX), a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions, is delivering results across the globe today for organizations that operate logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes' logistics management solutions combine a multi-modal network, the Descartes Global Logistics Network, with component-based 'nano' sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, "book-to-bill" services for contract carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. These solutions and services help Descartes' customers reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven and improve pick up and delivery reliability. Our 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 over 300 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Washington DC, Derby, Stockholm, Shanghai, Singapore and Melbourne. 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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