Descartes Systems Group has acquired Computer Management USA to expand its software-as-a-service offering for logistics clients, particularly those in the U.S. air freight industry.
Descartes, a global logistics technology solutions provider, purchased Computer Management USA for $6.6 million. Computer Management, which has offices in Florida and New York, provides security information filing services and air cargo management solutions for airlines and their partners. Its staff and executive team have joined the Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes as part of the acquisition.
Chris Jones, Descartes’ executive vice president of marketing and professional services, told the JOC that the firm plans to grow via acquisitions, as well as by building out and expanding products globally. In a “rapidly evolving” global regulatory environment, where customs authorities around the world continue to implement mandates designed to improve security, the demand for electronic filing services that can comply with nations’ standards across major global networks is on the rise, Jones said. Acquisitions provide Descartes with the local expertise necessary to meet this demand, he explained.
Descartes’ recent acquisitions include Impatex, the U.K.’s largest customs and freight forwarding software company, and Computdata, a Switzerland-based B2B supply chain integration and e-voicing solutions firm, both purchased in December 2013. The company also bought KSD Software, an Oslo-based provider of electronic customs filing solutions for the European Union, in May 2013.
“Computer Management strengthens Descartes’ customs and regulatory compliance platform with additional airline-focused functionality while adding a community of hundreds of ground handlers and container freight stations to Descartes’ global logistics network,” said John Lamberti, CEO at Computer Management, in a written statement.
“Computer Management customers will now have access to a wider geographic range of customs filing solutions and additional value-added services for the air industry that leverage our global logistics network, such as eFreight and Cargo2000,” said Descartes’ CEO Edward J. Ryan. “We look forward to combining forces to broaden the capabilities and reach of our joint solutions, which help improve the efficiency and security of the air cargo industry.”