Proof-of-Delivery Solution Integrated to Existing Descartes Route Planning Solution to Better Manage Ferguson’s Customer Deliveries
Waterloo, ON – March 21, 2012 – Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., a leading wholesale distributor, has successfully implemented Descartes’ cloud-based MobileLink solution. The mobile solution is designed to help Ferguson improve its customer service and eliminate paperwork.
“MobileLink allows us to automate our proof-of-delivery process and capture critical information that can help us improve customer service and the productivity of our operations,” said Joseph Zanette, Solution Manager, Supply Chain, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. “Descartes’ integrated Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite allows us to implement a comprehensive fleet operations solution with one vendor. The mobile solution was a logical extension of our use of Descartes’ Route Planner for route planning and optimization.”
MobileLink is a GPS-based solution for managing pick-up and delivery operations, and is part of Descartes’ Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite. The solution provides route sequences, route status, turn-by-turn driving instructions, proof-of-delivery, including signature and photograph capture, and customer configurable field data capture. MobileLink is available on the Microsoft Windows Mobile and Java operating systems. Through Descartes’ cloud-based wireless Global Logistics Network, MobileLink communicates bi-directionally, in real-time, with Descartes’ route planning and execution solutions and customer back-end systems.
“Descartes’ Mobile Link and Route Planner is a powerful combination to help leading wholesale distribution companies, such as Ferguson, manage their dynamic “last-mile” deliveries,” said Edward Ryan, Chief Commercial Officer at Descartes. “We are glad to be able to help Ferguson expand its command of operations from route planning to managing resources in the field. The breadth of our Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite and modular approach allowed them to start in one area and expand as they needed greater capabilities.”
About Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
Ferguson (www.ferguson.com) is the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and industrial products and services. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Newport News, Va., Ferguson has sales of $8.8 billion and approximately 17,500 associates in 1,300 service centers located throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ferguson is part of Wolseley plc (www.wolseley.com), which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: WOS) and on the FTSE 100 index of listed companies.
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' B2B network, the Global Logistics Network, integrates more than 35,000 trading partners to our cloud-based Logistics Technology Platform to unite their businesses in commerce. 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 www.descartes.com.