AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, April 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Smartwares, a leading consumer goods company offering design-oriented home essentials, outsourced its business-to-business (B2B) communications to Descartes to help it reduce costs and support its acquisition-based growth strategy.

"Running optimally becomes more challenging as we continually acquire new companies, each with their own systems and logistics processes," said René Geelhuyzen, IT Director, Smartwares. "This is why we made the decision to rely on Descartes to manage our EDI messaging. Not only does Descartes' cloud-based Messaging Gateway help us run more efficiently, it also assists us in avoiding critical disruptions in the flow of orders to our customers."

As part of Descartes' Global Logistics Network, Descartes' cloud-based Messaging Gateway acts as the hub for all electronic communications in Smartwares' business ecosystem. The flow of logistics and commercial data is centrally managed and monitored across business units and trading partners to help improve data accuracy, maintain highly consistent processes, and ensure reliability.

"We're privileged to be working with Smartwares to help ensure that their logistics operations run smoothly and support their growth strategy," said Fred van der Heide, Vice President of Product Strategy at Descartes. "Descartes' comprehensive B2B outsourcing services combined with our in-depth knowledge of international communications standards helps organizations better manage mission critical business data from disparate systems inside their operations and across their trading partners."

About Smartwares

Smartwares is a fast-growing consumer goods company offering a rich selection of smart home essentials - crisp, clever, well-designed products to use in and around the home. Smartwares is active in 4 business areas - Home Improvement, Home Monitoring, Home Appliances, and Home Care. Brands of Smartwares are amongst others: Sorbo, Princess, Tristar and HomeWizard. Smartwares realizes with 1.000 employees a turnover of € 500 mln. The company is owned by H2 Equity Partners, NPM Capital, ABN Amro Participaties and Smartwares management.

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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