WATERLOO, Ontario-August 5, 2008-Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that Arthur Mesher, Descartes' chief executive officer, has been selected as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2008 Distinguished Service Award recipient.  

CSCMP presents the Distinguished Service Award annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the art and science of supply chain and logistics management. This award is considered by supply chain management professionals throughout the world as the highest honor bestowed upon an individual.  CSCMP announced that Mr. Mesher was evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:

  • A sustained and distinguished record of contribution to the discipline of supply chain management;
  • Contribution above the normal expectations of the job;
  • Recognition as a leader in supply chain management;
  • Recognition as an innovator in supply chain management; and,
  • Education of the supply chain management profession (both orally and written).


"I am honored to be recognized by this award and to be in the company of so many other inspirational and distinguished previous recipients," said Arthur Mesher, CEO of Descartes.  "My commitment to the industry remains with a continued focus to make the world a better place through logistics."

Mr. Mesher will be honored during a special ceremony on October 6, 2008 at CSCMP's Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. He is the 43rd person to receive the award since its inauguration in 1965.

Founded in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is the preeminent association for individuals involved in supply chain management. CSCMP provides educational, career development, and networking opportunities to it's over 9,000 members and to the entire profession. For more information, visit www.cscmp.org

About 2008 Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is given to an academic, consultant, or practitioner who exemplifies sustained, consistent, and excellent service to the development of the discipline of supply chain management. The selected individual must have shown high integrity and moral principles throughout their professional career. While many distinguished individuals have been nominated for the Distinguished Service Award, the emphasis of this award is on distinguished service. This award is considered by the CSCMP to be the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual for achievement in supply chain management. For more information, visit http://cscmp.org/aboutcscmp/inside/dsa.asp

About Descartes
Descartes (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX), 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, Stockholm and Shanghai.  For more information, visit www.descartes.com.

For more information contact:

Nicole German
Descartes Systems Group
1-416-741-2838 ext. 298
[email protected]