WATERLOO, ONTARIO — April 14, 2009 — Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, is using Descartes Cargo 2000 to help it comply with business process and automation standards established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
CEVA, a long-time Descartes customer, recently undertook an initiative to improve the quality and timeliness of the data that it exchanges with its air carrier partners. CEVA started by adding Descartes Quality Monitor solution to monitor the content and delivery of its existing logistics messages. CEVA Logistics then joined Cargo 2000 and deployed Descartes’ Cargo 2000 solution with its existing portfolio of Descartes solutions to enhance its air cargo messaging business process.
Descartes Quality Monitor and Descartes Cargo 2000 are both value-added solutions available over Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN), one of the world’s largest multi-modal networks for exchanging logistics data. Both solutions are designed to help reduce errors and increase accuracy in electronic logistics messaging while helping users, such as CEVA, comply with Cargo 2000 certification.
Cargo 2000, an industry initiative led by IATA, was created to standardize processes that improve efficiencies for the worldwide air cargo industry. Descartes has supported IATA’s Cargo 2000 initiative since 1998.
“At CEVA, we are committed to streamlining our operations and improving our service by embracing Cargo 2000 standards,” said Richard J. Zablocki, VP Air Products, CEVA Logistics. “We are already working with Descartes to improve the quality of our logistics messaging data, so going one step further to use Descartes’ solutions for Cargo 2000 compliance was a natural decision.”
Using Descartes Cargo 2000, CEVA can monitor shipments at a master air waybill level between airports; monitor events and match route map milestones against actual event timing; consolidate status data of multiple route maps to obtain statistical data about transportation quality; and use route maps to describe transportation milestones from origin to destination.
“CEVA is a long-time Descartes customer, and we are pleased that we could extend the value we deliver to them over our GLN to help them comply with Cargo 2000,” said Scott Sangster, Vice President, Global Logistics Network at Descartes. “Descartes enables our customers, like CEVA, to become Cargo 2000 certified and use the power of the GLN to improve the overall quality of the air cargo shipment process.”
About CEVA Logistics
CEVA Logistics is a leading global supply chain management company. We provide end-to-end design, implementation and operational solutions in contract logistics and freight management to large and medium-sized national and multinational companies. CEVA employs circa 50,000 people and runs an extensive global network with facilities in over 100 countries. For the year ending 31 December 2008, the Group reported revenues of €6.3bn. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com.
Descartes (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX), is making the world a better place by enabling global organizations with logistics-intensive businesses to save money by improving the productivity and performance of their operations. Underlying Descartes’ offerings is the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), one of the world’s most extensive multi-modal business applications network. As a federated software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, the Descartes GLN combines with component-based ‘nano’ sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services to help manage third party carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. Descartes’ solutions and services deliver results by enabling organizations around the world to reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven; improve pick up and delivery reliability; and optimize working capital through fleet visibility. Descartes’ hosted, transactional and packaged solutions deliver repeatable, measurable results and fast time-to-value. Descartes customers include an estimated 1,600 ground carriers and more than 90 airlines, 30 ocean carriers, 900 freight forwarders and third-party providers of logistics services, and hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, private fleet owners and regulatory agencies. The company has more than 350 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Montreal, Miami, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Derby, London, Stockholm, Shanghai, and Toronto. For more information, visit www.descartes.com.
CEVA Logistics Using Descartes for Cargo 2000 Compliance