WATERLOO, Ontario, March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Rotech Healthcare has selected Descartes' cloud-based route planning solution to automate planning, dispatch and data collection processes for its fleet delivering medical equipment and services to patients across the U.S.

"Quality care and managing patient outcomes are at the core of our business. Our distribution and logistics operations play an integral role in our ability to deliver on this commitment," said Tim Pigg, President & CEO at Rotech Healthcare. "As the current tide of healthcare reform adds more margin pressure to the home medical equipment (HME) industry, we are making significant technology investments to increase efficiency and drive down unnecessary logistics costs without sacrificing high quality service for our customers."

Planners Get More Visibility and Control with Solution

Descartes’ route planning solution provides fast time-to-value for rapidly-growing companies, like Rotech, that need to consolidate delivery operations and move away from manual and paper-based practices for route planning and execution. The solution offers advanced capabilities to optimize both static and dynamic routes by taking into account business rules, delivery assets, and customer requirements.

Planners and dispatchers benefit from better visibility and control over daily routes with a drag-and-drop visual planning user interface to make edits and monitor delivery status throughout the day. Mobile solution integration provides real-time GPS-based tracking, planned versus actual performance monitoring, and the electronic capture of proof-of-delivery (POD) information.

"Descartes is excited to help Rotech Healthcare make its distribution and logistics operations more efficient and responsive. Providing medical equipment and services direct to patients' homes often involves significant complexity and transportation resources. Our cloud-based route planning, execution and mobile solutions are ideal for automating delivery management processes to support the service standards that customers expect while reducing fleet costs."

Andrew Roszko, Senior Vice President of Sales at Descartes

About Rotech Healthcare

Rotech is a national leader in providing respiratory and sleep apnea treatment as well as home medical equipment.

Each and every day, thousands of employees in the Rotech family of hometown companies contribute to delivering outstanding customer service and the very best in quality patient care through hundreds of locations nationwide. Our team is a dynamic group of top-quality healthcare professionals — including respiratory clinicians, customer service representatives, Medicare and insurance experts, patient service technicians, and many others — who are dedicated to more than simply providing home medical products.

Together, we are all committed to you, your family and your physician in achieving a common goal — helping you lead a more comfortable and productive life, every day.

For more information, visit www.rotech.com.


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About Descartes

Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) 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.

Customers use our modular, cloud-based 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 multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world.

Learn more at www.descartes.com.

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