updated 10/7/2010 6:45:19 AM ET 2010-10-07T10:45:19

Customers and United by Design Partners Recognized With Excellence and Innovation Awards

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Global User Group Conference -- Descartes' Global User Group Steering Committee thanked the record number of customers and partners from around the globe who helped make its seventh Descartes Global User Group Conference an unprecedented success.

Descartes' Global User Group Conference has grown to a must-attend event in the industry for supply chain professionals, with the conference having innovative sessions on supply chain strategies and extending the value that can be achieved using Descartes solutions. The conference's participation increased more than 50% from last year. The event was sponsored by 20 United by Design partners who showcased joint solutions and customer success stories. Some of the additional highlights included:

  • customer sessions on accelerating time-to-value by Hallmark, Kraft Foods and Nippon Express USA;
  • technology innovation sessions in partnership with Microsoft on cloud computing;
  • detailed solution reviews on Descartes Mobile Resource Management 2.0 and Descartes Global Filer;
  • working group sessions with Descartes/SAP customers;
  • air cargo carrier working group on global compliance;
  • United by Design sessions with Motorola, Intermec, INTTRA and others; and
  • Announcement of a new alliance with The Createch Group, a division of Bell Canada 

Nine Descartes customers and United by Design partners were recognized with a Descartes Excellence and Innovations Award at the opening luncheon of the conference, for their unique achievements and performance:

  • The Bestrane Group;
  • Exel, a part of the Supply Chain Division of Deutsche Post DHL;
  • Polar Air Cargo Worldwide;
  • Kraft Foods;
  • United States Infrastructure Corporation (USIC);
  • Hallmark;
  • PPG Industries;
  • Estes; and
  • DB Schenker

"By all measures, this was a tremendously successful Conference with amazing attendance," said Gary Sewell, IT Applications Manager at Ferrellgas and Chairman of the User Group Steering Committee. "We've had a great program over the course of the past few days, and the response and enthusiasm were beyond our expectations."

Descartes' Global User Group Conference offers networking opportunities for customers to connect with like-minded peers and other supply chain professionals. During the break-out sessions and working groups users were able to interact with Descartes executives and experts to examine strategies to address their most critical business needs and to learn about the opportunities to further optimize their logistic processes in the future.

For more information about the Descartes User Group Conference visit www.descartes.com/usergroup

About Descartes

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 .

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This release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements") that relate to Descartes' solution offering and potential benefits derived therefrom; and other matters. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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