The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

March 15, 2005 07:00 ET

Exel Deploys Descartes' Ocean Contract Management Solution


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FOR: THE DESCARTES SYSTEMS GROUP INC.

TSX SYMBOL: DSG
NASDAQ SYMBOL: DSGX

MARCH 15, 2005 - 07:00 ET

Exel Deploys Descartes' Ocean Contract Management
Solution

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2005) -

World-leading logistics company provides timely and precise shipping
rate information using Descartes' solution

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, today announced that Exel,
the world leader in supply chain management, has successfully deployed
Descartes' Ocean Contract Management solution.

Exel uses Descartes' Ocean Contract Management solution to securely,
quickly and effectively store, amend, update, search, retrieve, quote,
calculate and manage shipping rates for ocean-going cargo. Exel has used
the solution to store all of its buy rates with ocean carriers, both in
regulated and non-regulated trade-lanes, as well as to store Exel's sell
rates, including new NVOCC Services Arrangements. The Ocean Contract
Management solution provides timely and precise shipping rate
information to Exel, enabling them to more quickly quote shipping rates
to their customers and thereby close business more effectively. Exel has
deployed Descartes' Ocean Contract Management solution across its global
enterprise with users in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

"Descartes' Ocean Contract Management solution provides us with quality
data and technology through which we are able to offer our customers
value-added services that help set Exel apart from the competition,"
said Mike Meierkort, Vice President Seafreight.

"Descartes' Ocean Contract Management solution has been providing
sophisticated capabilities to logistics leaders, like Exel, for over 15
years," said Edward Ryan, General Manager of Descartes Global Logistics
Network. "These web-enabled products allow our customers to make better
pricing and shipping rate management decisions, resulting in more
profitable contracts for our customers and enhancing their own high
quality service."

About Exel

Exel is the global leader in supply chain management, providing
customer-focused solutions to a wide range of manufacturing, retail and
consumer industries. Exel's comprehensive range of innovative logistics
solutions encompasses the entire supply chain from design and consulting
through freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution services to
integrated information management and e-commerce support.

Exel, a UK listed, FTSE 100 company, with a pro forma turnover of Pounds
Sterling 6.7 billion in 2004, employs over 109,000 people in 2,050
locations in more than 120 countries worldwide. Exel's customers include
over 75% of the world's largest, quoted non-financial companies. More
information is available at www.exel.com.

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 www.descartes.com.

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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, 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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