Descartes has acquired 4Solutions, a leading Australia-based provider of cloud-based business-to-business (“B2B”) supply chain integration solutions. 4Solutions is the market leader for B2B supply chain integration and trading partner enablement solutions for the healthcare sector in Australia.
Descartes’ strategy is focused on growing and operating the most complete and interoperable global Logistics Technology Platform. Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform uniquely combines the Global Logistics Network (GLN), a wide range of modular and interoperable logistics applications and the largest community of logistics-intensive companies in the world. The acquisition advances Descartes’ strategic objective to strengthen its global presence and leadership position by:
- Increasing the scope of the Global Logistics Network with additional connectivity for commercial, logistics, and healthcare messaging in Australia;
- Strengthening Descartes’ B2B integration application footprint; and
- Adding a community of Australian B2B customers and domain experts.
Extending Descartes’ Global Logistics Network
Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN) is the foundation on which the applications and community are built. The GLN provides community members the flexibility to easily connect and collaborate with global trading partners. 4Solutions expands Descartes’ network capabilities with additional connectivity in Australia and enhances trading partner enablement.
Enhancing Descartes’ offering of logistics management applications
Descartes’ product strategy is focused on expanding its logistics application functional footprint to provide its customers with the most comprehensive logistics management solutions in the industry. 4Solutions has been building its network and solutions for over fourteen years. The acquisition adds a set of EDI standard system adaptors, EDI to Web, and carton compliance (UCC/SSCC) labeling solutions proven in the Australian market.
Growing Descartes’ global multimodal logistics community
Descartes’ logistics community is the largest multimodal network of logistics intensive companies in the world, with parties using its cloud-based services in over 160 countries. Descartes’ mission is to create the world’s most comprehensive networked logistics community. 4Solutions adds a community of nearly 150 B2B customers in Australia and a team of B2B domain experts.
4Solutions is the market leader for B2B supply chain integration and trading partner enablement solutions for the healthcare sector in Australia. 4Solutions operates the Health Supply Network, Australia’s foremost electronic document exchange network for the healthcare community. As part of this community, large multi-national, local pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers can connect and collaborate to automate a wide array of supply chain processes spanning sourcing to delivery. 4Solutions is headquartered just outside Sydney, Australia, with an additional office in Makati City, Philippines.
The acquisition makes 4Solutions’ customers members of the world’s premier global logistics community – The Global Logistics Network – facilitating improved performance and productivity of logistics operations around the world. As part of this community, 4Solutions’ customers will have access to additional solutions via Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform to improve rate management, dock appointment scheduling, transportation management, routing and scheduling, and in-transit inventory visibility. Visit the 4Solutions website at www.4solutions.com.au.