WATERLOO, Ontario - February 7, 2011 - Descartes Systems Group announced that industry-standard PC*MILER|Worldwide 24.1 routing, mileage and mapping software has been successfully tested and integrated with the latest release of Descartes Transportation Manager.
Descartes Transportation Manager is a cloud-based TMS solution used by shippers and third party logistics providers for shipment planning, execution and settlement of freight charges with contract carriers. The solution comprises order and contract management, optimized consolidation, rating and carrier selection, shipment tracking, freight bill auditing, and performance reporting with multi-modal coverage.
“ALK is pleased to integrate with Descartes Transportation Manager,” said Bill Hnatiuk, Strategic Alliance Manager - PC*MILER Solutions. “PC*MILER|Worldwide provides the industry’s most accurate truck-specific distances and transit times for use in network optimization, freight payment, rating and carrier selection applications. The integration of ALK’s enhanced worldwide routing solution in Transportation Manager highlights Descartes’ commitment to providing excellent services to its customers.”
Some of the new features and enhancements in PC*MILER|Worldwide 24.1 include a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions estimator to calculate carbon footprint per route; Custom Vehicle Profiles to keep route settings consistent for selected vehicle types; comprehensive postal code coverage throughout Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russian federation, South Africa, Turkey, and Ukraine; and comprehensive secondary road coverage throughout western and central Europe.
“The integration of PC*MILER brings robust, accurate worldwide distance calculation capabilities to Descartes’ Transportation Manager. Logistics professionals can evaluate money-saving options for road based transport globally with the combined solution,” said Ken Wood, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Descartes Systems Group.
Descartes Transportation Manager works across multiple transportation modes and supports multiple currencies and languages. The solution uses a very flexible and scalable cloud-based architecture that small and large enterprises can deploy quickly and cost effectively. Flexible integration options, ranging from simple spreadsheet uploads to web services, enable any size customer to utilize the solution and gain access to the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN). The GLN is used by many of the world’s leading shippers and transportation providers to reliably exchange information electronically with carriers and other trading partners to drive delivery performance and high levels of customer satisfaction.
For more information on PC*MILER|Worldwide, visit: www.pcmiler.com/worldwide_features.
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About ALK Technologies, Inc.
Since 1979, ALK Technologies has developed innovative mobile navigation and transportation technology solutions. ALK’s award-winning CoPilot Live GPS software is the navigation based services platform of choice for mobile operators, hardware OEMs and systems integrators globally. ALK’s PC*MILER routing, mileage and mapping solutions are used by over 22,000 transportation, logistics and manufacturing companies worldwide. For more information on ALK Technologies, visit: www.alk.com or www.alk.eu.com.
Descartes (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX) is the premier provider of Global Trade Compliance, Supply Chain Execution and Mobile Resource Management services. Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN) unites global businesses and trading partners, allowing them to collaborate in a cost effective way and maximize productivity and efficiency. Trading partners that connect to the GLN join Descartes’ Federated Network, the world’s most extensive multi-modal business network with over 35,000 trading partners connected, including ground carriers, airlines, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, third-party providers of logistics services customs house brokers, freight payment agencies, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, mobile services providers and regulatory agencies. Descartes is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and has offices in North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. More information and industry updates are available at http://www.descartes.com and http://blog.descartes.com.