TOKYO, June 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that in collaboration with United by Design partner, ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC), it will host an Omni-channel Retail and Home Delivery Summit in Japan. They keynote speaker will be Kitta Naohiko, CEO of Rakuten Mart, a leading online supermarket wholly owned by Japan's top e-commerce company, Rakuten Inc. Rakuten Mart is a CTC/Descartes customer.

The event will take place at the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo on July 3rd, 2014. The program provides an educational forum where retail executives can learn how industry leaders, such as Rakuten Mart and others, have successfully applied home delivery strategies to omni-channel retailing to increase sales while enhancing the customer experience. The speakers will share information on industry trends and best practices covering the latest advances in retail home delivery in Japan and across the globe.

"Descartes has worked with leading retailers around the world to develop one of the industry's most advanced home delivery solutions. CTC has tailored this offering to meet local requirements and address the unique dynamics of the Japanese market," said Shun Ando, General Manager, Telecommunication Systems Planning Division of CTC. "During the event we will discuss and demonstrate how technology is helping retailers meet new logistical challenges created by omni-channel retailing and the evolution of customer-centric home delivery."

"Omni-channel retailing and the massive growth in home delivery services are redefining retail markets all over the world," said Robert Beauchemin, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Alliances at Descartes. "Descartes' next-generation solutions support robust capabilities spanning the entire order lifecycle from appointment booking to delivery. We look forward to sharing insights on how this technology can change how retailers in Japan, and beyond, compete and successfully grow with differentiated customer service."

More information on the event is available at in English and in Japanese.

About Rakuten Mart

Rakuten Mart is an online supermarket service where consumers can purchase fresh produce, other food items, daily sundries, and popular products offered on Rakuten Ichiba such as special order gourmet foods. Through Rakuten Mart, Rakuten is committed to providing fun and convenient services to consumers for their daily shopping needs, as well as to helping expand Japan's online supermarket and Internet shopping markets. Please visit the site at .

About CTC

Established in 1972, ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) provides advanced IT solutions to enhance enterprise network systems, and offers various outsourcing services, such as operations by its own data centers. CTC supports such market segments as telecommunications, broadcasting, finance, retail, distribution, manufacturing, education, government, medicine, pharmaceutical, chemicals and apparel. CTC has formed partnerships with hundreds of leading IT companies from all over the world. These partnerships range from those with global multinational IT companies to those with highly focused venture businesses. Around 7,000 people work for CTC throughout Japan, and our service edge lies in offering one-stop 7 x 24 support in approximately 100 service centers. Learn more at .

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes has over 173,000 connected parties using its cloud based services. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multi-modal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at .

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