Descartes Extends Cloud-Based Air Messaging Services for Forwarders & Brokers

Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

WATERLOO, Ontario, Feb. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it's extending its cloud-based Air Messaging services across all Descartes OneView (formerly IES Enterprise Forwarder Solution) customers. By taking advantage of these services, forwarders and brokers can enhance air cargo management capabilities by seamlessly connecting and exchanging shipment data and documents with air carriers.

"Part of the strategy at John S. James Co. is to leverage industry-leading technology to streamline our operations, enhance our service offering, and support revenue and market share growth as our business evolves," said Len James, CFO of the John S. James Co. "Descartes' Enterprise Forwarder solution has been pivotal to our success. Working with Descartes has offered us better opportunities to deploy more mission-critical capabilities for connectivity and collaboration with trading partners."

Descartes acquired Integrated Export Systems and IES Asia Limited (collectively referred to as "IES") on June 15, 2012. The OneView solution portfolio extends the reach and functional capabilities of Descartes' global logistics community and provides a comprehensive application footprint for forwarders, customs brokers, and NVOCCs. Now with fully integrated air messaging services that leverage Descartes' Global Logistics Network (GLN), OneView customers can exchange air waybills, house bills and status messages electronically with more than 90 global air carriers. This solution enables users to:

  • standardize and automate air cargo and freight management operations;
  • meet global trade requirements;
  • provide real-time shipment status monitoring;
  • improve service by transmitting accurate tracking updates to customers;
  • reduce transportation costs by minimizing carrier charges for security and documentation services; and
  • participate in key air cargo industry initiatives, including eFreight and Cargo2000.

"We believe that being part of the Descartes customer community is helping us to transform shipment management at Gateway Logistics Group," explains David Collins, Director of Information Technology & Administration at Gateway Logistics Group. "Descartes' robust portfolio of solutions is helping us to better meet our customers' expectations for excellence, performance and scalability. The ability to extend capabilities with value-added offerings, like air messaging services, helps us to manage more shipments with less overhead."

"We're pleased that the great progress we've made in the past six months is helping to drive more value for customers like John S. James Co. and Gateway Logistics Group," said George Manolis, Vice President Product Management Broker & Forwarder Enterprise Systems at Descartes. "Our continued focus on delivering leading-edge shipment execution, compliance and collaboration capabilities is significantly enhanced by Descartes' GLN, breadth of complementary solutions and company scale."

About John S. James Co.

The John S. James Co. was founded in 1941 in Savannah, Georgia. With a mission to offer personalized service to the international transportation community, John S. James Co. is a leader in the international freight forwarding and customs brokerage industries. The John S. James Co. maintains partnership agreements with a multitude of companies both in the United States and around the globe, allowing shipments to be handled from all international ports. The company provides unmatched expertise in the handling of customs document preparation and cargo coordination in the international arena. Please visit for more information.

About Gateway Logistics Group

Over the past 25 years, Gateway Logistics Group has been dedicated to keeping its clients' cargo moving — and their supply chains efficient, responsive and agile. With its corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas, the company maintains a global presence through a network of dedicated locations and reliable partnerships. Gateway's logistics expertise and commitment to operational excellence, safety, and the secure transportation of materials offers assurance to its clients that their cargo is handled professionally around the world. Please visit for more information.

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes has over 146,000 parties using its cloud based services. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multi-modal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at

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