Descartes GF-X Exchange to Power Air Freight Booking Portal Deltacargo.com



WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 26, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, has extended its relationship to provide Delta Cargo with technology underlying Delta Cargo's electronic air freight booking portal at deltacargo.com.

Delta Cargo has selected Descartes' GF-X Private Label solution to support deltacargo.com, a Delta-branded electronic booking portal for major freight forwarders and known shippers working with Delta Cargo. Deltacargo.com has been enhanced to offer full international route and product offerings in addition to Delta Cargo's domestic freight booking service. Shippers may also book dangerous goods, human remains and pets through the portal.

Delta Cargo customers can use the private-label solution to book cargo through the www.deltacargo.com web site and query their shipment needs. The system responds with details on available cargo capacity and rates. When a cargo reservation is made online through the Delta Cargo web site, an electronic confirmation is delivered to the customer. Freight allocations can also be booked through deltacargo.com.

"We have been a long-time customer of the GF-X Exchange. Extending our relationship with Descartes to include a private-label portal is a natural progression for Delta and a commitment of our brand and service to our customers," said Neel Shah, Vice President of Delta Cargo. "Descartes' GF-X Private Label allows us to provide advanced electronic booking functionality, any time day or night, for our customers using a cost effective and proven solution. This is an important part of our continued commitment to service our customers."

"Delta Cargo is a global carrier with a long and established brand in air cargo," said Ed Ryan, Executive Vice President, Global Field Operations for Descartes. "As operational costs increase and international trade grows, the need for automation and access to booking information and services in real time also grows. With Descartes' GF-X Private Label, Delta can provide electronic booking capabilities via its web portal to reach forwarders throughout the world."

Descartes GF-X Exchange is one of the largest electronic information and reservation systems in the airfreight industry. Airfreight carriers can distribute real-time product, routing, capacity and rate information to their forwarders worldwide. Airfreight forwarders can access carrier information, make electronic bookings and track shipments via a web browser, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Descartes GF-X Private Label service is a unique way for carriers to deploy a fully-featured electronic bookings channel without the higher costs and risks associated with in-house development in a way that utilizes existing processes and interfaces to the Descartes GF-X Exchange.

Descartes GF-X Exchange and Private Label are part of the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), which enables the world's leading transportation providers to connect to their trading partners and reliably exchange information to drive delivery performance and high levels of customer satisfaction. The Descartes GLN helps companies better manage their logistics book-to-bill process, track inventory, meet regulatory requirements, optimize fleet performance, and effectively communicate with their logistics partners.

About Delta Cargo

Delta Cargo, a division of Delta Air Lines, is responsible for handling cargo shipments worldwide. While generating almost a half billion dollars in revenue in 2007, Delta Cargo is becoming world-leading carrier between the United States and destinations across Europe, India, Africa, Mexico, Latin America, South America and Israel. Through the SkyTeam Cargo alliance -- one of the world's most extensive cargo networks -- Delta Cargo has additional reach into major destinations, ultimately increasing customer benefits, impacting the global economy and strengthening the SkyTeam Cargo alliance. Delta Cargo currently offers customers daily flights to over 499 destinations in 105 countries. For online access to cargo flight availability, shipment tracking and cargo products and services go to deltacargo.com.

About Descartes

Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), 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, shipment management services to help manage third party 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 more than 300 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Washington DC, Derby, London, Brussels, Stockholm and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.descartes.com.

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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; the range of services that Descartes will provide to Delta; 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.

CONTACT:  Descartes Systems Group 
          Nicole German
          1-416-741-2838 ext. 298
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