PARIS, April 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that, Royal Canin, a leading supplier of pet food in Europe, will expand its use of the Descartes WinRoute™ route planning and optimization solution throughout its operations in France.

"Our initial deployment covered only seven distribution centres, and we estimate that we've reduced our transport costs by 10% per ton delivered," said Frédéric Poirier, Logistics and IT Manager at Royal Canin France. "Descartes' solution provides us with advanced decision support to create delivery plans that provide the optimal mix of our own vehicles and third party contractors required to meet our customer service commitments. We will roll-out Descartes WinRoute across the rest of our 15 distribution centres in France to extend the cost savings and operational improvements."

Descartes WinRoute is part of Descartes' comprehensive Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite. Its powerful optimization engine gives customers advanced capabilities to reduce costs and improve customer service by maximizing vehicle and driver utilization, reducing kilometres driven, and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of planners and dispatchers. The system's flexible modelling architecture considers different business rules, asset parameters, driver capabilities, geographic data, and other constraints to consistently create optimal routes across a broad variety of operational environments. It also takes into account fluctuating traffic conditions to produce delivery schedules that better reflect daily driving conditions.

"We're excited about the great results Royal Canin has been able to achieve and look forward to helping them implement their remaining distribution centres," said Michel Waterschoot, VP of Mobile Resource Management - Southern Europe for Descartes. "Descartes WinRoute's comprehensive capabilities and ease of use is perfect for companies, like Royal Canin, who want to quickly gain results and expand benefits across their businesses."

About Royal Canin

Royal Canin is a manufacturer of top-quality food products for pets and distributes its products to specialized circuits such as professional breeders, veterinary clinics, dog kennels, pet shops and agricultural cooperatives. For over 40 years, the principle "Dog and Cat first" has guided Royal Canin in its mission: to provide the most precise and adequate nutritional answers to the specific requirements of dogs and cats.

Royal Canin has 11 production plants and 4 research & development centers spread around the globe. Its headquarters are based in Aimargues, France. Royal Canin has been part of the Mars Group since 2002.

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 172,000 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; 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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