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Manuport Logistics Implements Descartes’ Ocean eBooking Solution
  • - Cloud-Based Solution Increases Ocean Shipment Process Efficiency and Enhances Communication With Carriers
LIER, BELGIUM--(Korea Newswire) April 26, 2012 -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Manuport Logistics, a Belgian-based global freight forwarder, has successfully deployed Descartes’ Ocean eBooking solution. The solution is designed to execute and transmit electronic bookings to ocean carriers via Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN).

“The primary reason we deployed electronic bookings was to increase the quality of our overall shipping process. Descartes’ eBooking solution was a natural extension to our existing GLN solutions for ocean shipping instructions and container status events,” said Vibeke Geerts, head of IT for Manuport Logistics. “By moving from manual to electronic bookings with our carrier community, we’ve been able to streamline and further optimize our operations. We’ve also been able to enhance our customer portal with improved visibility now that communication across the complete ocean shipment lifecycle is managed electronically.”

Descartes’ eBooking solution handles the complexity of the multi-party process for entering, sending, confirming and managing amendments to booking requests between forwarders or shippers and ocean carriers and their agents. It improves accuracy by reducing rekeying errors, validating information and ensuring completeness of mandatory fields at the initial source of data input. Additionally, shipment data from previous bookings and sailing information from carriers can be repurposed and reused throughout the process. Customers benefit from connectivity and real-time access to the industry’s broadest network of ocean carriers, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs), and shipping agents.

“Our eBooking solution leverages Descartes’ GLN, the standard for multimodal, inter-enterprise electronic data and document exchange. This enabled Manuport to quickly enhance their existing messaging services with the ability to manage electronic bookings directly from their forwarding application,” said Eric Geerts, Director of Product Management at Descartes. “We are pleased that our track record of innovation continues to help logistics-intensive businesses like Manuport to compete and thrive at the highest levels.”

About Manuport
As a member of the Euroports Group, Manuport Logistics offers a unique mix of logistics services – for every mode of transport: sea, inland waterways, road transport, rail and air. Besides this, Manuport Logistics has a physical presence in Europe’s most important ports, its own international offices in countries like France, Brazil, China and an extensive network of first-class logistics partners branching out throughout the world. For more information visit www.manuport-logistics.com.

About Descartes
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.

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