CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CSCMP Annual Conference -- Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that customers, including America's largest food companies, are using Descartes' Sales and Merchandiser Management solution to optimize and integrate the three-part distribution process of sales, delivery and merchandising resources.

Descartes' Sales and Merchandiser Management solution is an internet-based, SaaS solution that provides food companies with real-time access to merchandiser, sales agent and delivery information, and a scalable solution enabling these organization to manage their resources in motion in real-time. The hosted solution eliminates the need to install software at every site or continually update maps for new markets. The solution brings together hardware and software networks along with its key resource constituents creating a 'state of things united.'

The solution allows organizations to more effectively monitor and manage their mobile workforces while ensuring efficient delivery of products to stores. It also optimizes delivery assets with the delivery of goods, and maximizing productivity and performance of merchandisers and sales agents.

For these food manufacturers the solution has enabled increased store selling and merchandising time while reducing wait time and inefficiencies in the three-part distribution model. The solution has standardized process-based interfaces for back-office software providers, like SAP, and payroll outsourcers, like ADP.

"Our customers have recognized that improvements in product merchandiser and sales representative productivity can drive top-line growth and customer satisfaction," said Art Mesher, CEO at Descartes. "By working with these organizations, we are able to provide them an on-demand solution that can be widely deployed across their operations through lower-cost GPS-enabled phones to help manage the logistics and in-store activities of their merchandisers, sales representatives and deliveries."

For more information about Descartes' Sales and Merchandiser Management solution, its new federated platform, its other value-added logistics solutions, the customers announced today or more about 'The State of Things United' join Descartes in Chicago at CSCMP at one or more of the following events:

  *  Monday, September 21 9:30am - 7:00pm, booth 609 at the
     Learning Exchange
  *  Tuesday, September 22 7:00am - 7:45am,  Descartes Press
     Conference Breakfast Meeting, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place,
     Regency D  or via a teleconference using designated numbers
     800-895-5087 for North America or +1 212-231-2929 for
     international or via an audio web cast on the Descartes Web
     site at
  *  Tuesday, September 22 10:00am - 11:30am, presentation by Art
     Mesher, CEO, Descartes Systems Group "The State of Things
     United - The Next Big Thing" McCormick Place, West Building,
     Room 187C
  *  Tuesday, September 22 5:15pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception,
     Sponsored by Descartes, McCormick Place, West Building,
     Skyline Ballroom

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) is making the world a better place by enabling global organizations with logistics-intensive businesses to save money by improving the productivity and performance of their operations. Underlying Descartes' offerings is the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), one of the world's most extensive multi-modal business applications network. As a federated platform, the Descartes GLN combines 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. Descartes' solutions and services deliver results by enabling organizations around the world to reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven; improve pickup and delivery reliability; and optimize working capital through fleet visibility. Descartes' 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 450 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Montreal, Miami, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Derby, London, Stockholm, Shanghai, and Toronto. For more information, visit

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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; 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.

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