WATERLOO, Ontario—September 16, 2009—Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that Hallmark Cards, Inc. has selected Descartes’ Transportation Management and Visibility solution to manage its global, inbound logistics.

Descartes’ Transportation Management solution enables Hallmark to manage its relationships with its transportation carriers, from shipment planning through execution.  Descartes’ Visibility solution lets Hallmark monitor the current status of its shipments in real-time.  With Descartes, Hallmark can gain end-to-end shipment visibility and more easily manage its inbound shipments regardless of shipment origin, transport carrier or transportation mode.

  With a web-browser interface, Descartes’ solutions allow Hallmark to have centralized internal visibility across its plants, suppliers and distribution centers across the U.S.

Descartes’ Transportation Manager and Visibility solutions leverage the power of the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN) to provide connectivity to a global, multi-modal community of logistics service providers. Over 6,000 connected companies use the Descartes GLN to better manage logistics processes. Hallmark’s connection to the GLN allows them to use the data available via the GLN to find the best rates available with its carriers. 

“Hallmark is a great example of how the automation and standardization of a business process can dramatically save costs and free up resources to deliver more value in other areas of an organization,” said Scott Sangster, Vice President, GLN at Descartes. “These benefits, combined with our global community of logistics service providers, give our customers a differentiated service.”
For more information about Hallmark Global Services, visit http://corporate.hallmark.com/

About Descartes

Descartes (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX), a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions, is delivering results across the globe today for organizations that operate logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes’ logistics management solutions combine a multi-modal network, the Descartes Global Logistics Network, 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. These solutions and services help Descartes’ customers reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven and improve pick up and delivery reliability. Our 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 300 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Washington DC, Derby, London, Stockholm, Shanghai, Singapore and Melbourne.  For more information, visit www.descartes.com.

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