CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CSCMP Annual Conference -- Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that "K" Line, a leading global transportation company, is continuing to use Descartes Rate Builder to centralize and manage its rates and contracts for key trade lanes.

With Descartes Rate Builder, "K" Line has centralized visibility to its shipping rates by customer and region. Descartes Rate Builder also enables "K" Line to standardize its rate agreements, improving overall efficiency of its rate-making process.

 "Managing customer rates and contracts can be a very time-consuming process, but it is a critical component of our customer service. Descartes Rate Builder enables us to streamline, standardize and automate the process, resulting in great efficiency and a quick turn-around for our customers," said Martin Jarvis, of the Information System Group at "K" Line (Europe) Ltd. "With Descartes' Rate Builder, we can go to a single source via a Web browser to access and manage our service contract information and rapidly respond to customer information and service requests."

"Descartes Rate Builder positions "K" Line's customer service group as responsive, accurate and effective, with visibility into rates and customer contracts," said Eric Bossdorf, Vice President of the GLN at Descartes. "This improved operational efficiency enables "K" Line to focus on sustaining its business."

Descartes Rate Builder is an on-demand solution designed to enable logistics services providers to create and manage global buy-side and sell-side shipping rates; monitor and measure profitability margins; implement a global rate request process; and have increased accuracy in freight invoice preparation. Descartes Rate Builder also allows logistics services providers to centralize disparate rate management systems into a single, global system that can optimize global rate management processes and, ultimately, improve productivity, profitability and customer service.

Descartes Rate Builder is part of the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN), which enables many of the world's leading transportation providers to connect to their trading partners and reliably exchange information to drive delivery performance and high levels of customer satisfaction. The Descartes GLN helps companies better manage their logistics book-to-bill process, track inventory, meet regulatory requirements, optimize fleet performance, and effectively communicate with their logistics partners.

For more information about Descartes' new federated platform, its other value-added logistics solutions, the customers announced today or more about 'The State of Things United' join Descartes in Chicago at CSCMP at one or more of the following events:

  *  Monday, September 21 9:30am - 7:00pm, booth 609 at the Learning Exchange
  *  Tuesday, September 22 7:00am - 7:45am,  Descartes Press Conference Breakfast Meeting , Hyatt Regency McCormick Place,
     Regency D  or via a teleconference using designated numbers 800-895-5087 for North America or +1 212-231-2929 for
     international or via an audio web cast on the Descartes Web site at
  *  Tuesday, September 22 10:00am - 11:30am, presentation by Art Mesher, CEO, Descartes Systems Group "The State of Things
     United - The Next Big Thing" McCormick Place, West Building, Room 187C
  *  Tuesday, September 22 5:15pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception, Sponsored by Descartes, McCormick Place, West Building, Skyline Ballroom

About "K" Line

"K" Line (Europe) Ltd is the European subsidiary of global Japanese shipping and logistics company, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd, known as "K" Line. Headquartered in London, UK, "K" Line (Europe) Ltd is responsible for all "K" Line's business activities in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. With a network of owned offices and well-established agents across the region, "K" Line (Europe) Ltd is committed to providing safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly shipping services for all types of cargo. For more information visit

About Descartes

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 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 pickup 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 450 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

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