As an industry, logistics is both universal and highly specific. When fully leveraged in the marketplace, it empowers companies to compete and thrive in today’s new world of business.
To help give customers that advantage, Descartes developed the Logistics Technology Platform. Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform is the simple, elegant synthesis of network, applications and community.
The Logistics Technology Platform fuses the Descartes Global Logistics Network™ (Descartes GLN™), the world's most extensive logistics network covering multiple transportation modes, with the industry’s broadest array of modular, interoperable web and wireless logistics management solutions. The Logistics Technology Platform leverages the world’s largest multimodal logistics community to enable companies to quickly and cost-effectively connect and collaborate. It’s a new paradigm in logistics technology, designed to help accelerate time-to-value and increase productivity and performance for businesses of all sizes.
The Descartes Global Logistics Network, as the foundation of the Logistics Technology Platform, manages the flow of data and documents that track and control inventory, assets and people in motion. Designed expressly for logistics operations, it is native to the particularities of different transportation modes and country borders. As a state-of-the-art messaging network with wireless capabilities, the Global Logistics Network helps manage business processes in real-time and in-motion. Its capabilities go beyond logistics, supporting common commercial transactions, emerging regulatory compliance documents, and customer specific needs.
The Descartes Global Logistics Network extends its reach using interconnect agreements with other general and logistics-specific networks, to offer access to a wide array of your trading partners. With the flexibility to connect and collaborate in unique ways, companies can effectively route or transform data to and from partners and leverage new and existing Descartes solutions on the network. The Descartes Global Logistics Network allows “low-tech” partners to act and respond with “high-tech” capabilities and connect to the transient partners that exist in many logistics operations. This inherent adaptability creates opportunities to develop logistics business processes that can help customers differentiate from the competition.
Descartes’ Logistics Application Suite offers the industry’s widest array of modular, cloud-based, interoperable web and wireless logistics management applications. These solutions embody Descartes’ deep domain expertise, not merely “check box” functionality. These solutions deliver value for a broad range of logistics intensive organizations whether they purchase transportation, run their own fleet, operate globally or locally, work across air, ocean and ground transportation. Descartes’ comprehensive suite of solutions includes:
Powered by the Logistics Technology Platform, Descartes’ applications are modular and interoperable to allow organizations the flexibility to deploy them quickly within an existing portfolio of solutions. Implementation is streamlined because these solutions use web-native or wireless user interfaces and are pre-integrated with the Descartes Global Logistics Network. With interoperable and multi-party solutions, Descartes delivers functionality with the “1+1=3” effect that can revolutionize a logistics operation’s performance and productivity both within the organization and across a complex network of partners.
The Descartes Global Logistics Network Community of members enjoy extended command of operations and accelerated time-to-value. Given the inter-enterprise nature of logistics, quickly gaining access to partners is paramount. For this reason, Descartes has focused on growing a community that strategically attracts and retains relevant logistics parties. The Descartes Global Logistics Network Community comprises over 172,000 organizations collaborating in more than 160 countries. With that reach, many companies find their trading partners are already members, pre-connected to the Global Logistics Network. This helps to minimize the time required to integrate Descartes’ logistics management applications and to begin realizing results. Descartes is committed to continuing to expand community membership. Companies that join the Descartes Global Logistics Network Community or extend their participation find a single place where their entire logistics network can exist regardless of the range of transportation modes, the number of trading partners or the variety of regulatory agencies.