Descartes has acquired Aljex Software, Inc., a cloud-based provider of back-office transportation management solutions for freight brokers and transportation providers.

US-based Aljex helps freight brokers and transportation providers automate business processes and create electronic documents critical for executing transportation moves. Customers can manage the lifecycle of a shipment from order creation through execution, including real-time tracking with connectivity to the Descartes MacroPoint network.

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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:

  • Adds scale to Descartes’ network with additional transactions related capacity planning, rating, booking, and settlement message parties & processes;
  • Expands Descartes’ application footprint for freight brokers to better manage the lifecycle of shipments;
  • Strengthens Descartes’ community of North American freight brokers; and
  • Provides additional truck shipment data content.

Extending Descartes’ Global Logistics Network

Descartes’ 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.  The Aljex acquisition extends the reach of the GLN by connecting a broader set of parties with a wider set of messages for business processes related to capacity planning, rating, booking and settlement.

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.  The Aljex acquisition will expand Descartes’ application footprint with additional solutions to help customers automate business processes and create electronic documents critical for executing transportation moves.

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. The acquisition follows the investment in MacroPoint and strengthens Descartes’ community of North American freight brokers.

Expanding Descartes’ logistics trade data content

Descartes’ leading platform combines regulatory trade data and logistics trade to improve market research, reduce the risk of transacting with denied parties, perform shipment classification and valuation to minimize duty spend, and improve shipment planning and execution. The Aljex acquisition will help generate additional truck shipment data content.

About Aljex

US-based Aljex provides back-office transportation management solutions for freight brokers and transportation providers. Used by nearly 400 customers in North America to plan and execute nearly 3 million freight moves per year, the Aljex solutions help customers automate business processes and create electronic documents critical for executing transportation moves. Customers can manage the lifecycle of a shipment from order creation through execution, including real-time tracking with connectivity to the Descartes MacroPoint network.

The acquisition makes Aljex’s 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 Aljex’s customers will have access to the Global Logistics Network and additional solutions via Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform to improve rate management, dock appointment scheduling, routing and scheduling, and to seamlessly connect with the Descartes MacroPoint solution for in-transit visibility.

Aljex has offices in New Jersey and Colorado. Visit the Aljex website at www.aljex.com