Saudi Airlines Cargo Selects Descartes to Electronically Manage Freight Bookings

Saudi Airlines Cargo Selects Descartes to Electronically Manage Freight Bookings

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 Saudi Airlines Cargo Company has selected Descartes' GF-X Exchange and Descartes CargoBooker to provide its customers with the option to electronically book air cargo shipments.

"Joining Descartes' Global GF-X Exchange is a further automation stage for Saudi Airlines Cargo Company, providing added value to all our customers and enhancing the current facilities of our SCAN system," said Mr. Michael Meagher, Executive Vice President, Saudi Airlines Cargo Company. "We are responding to the growing demand we're seeing to book cargo shipments electronically and are benefiting greatly from the improved efficiencies of managing this process electronically."

"We are pleased to add Saudi Airlines Cargo Company to our community of airlines and forwarders making electronic air freight bookings," said Vince Ryan, Vice President of GF-X at Descartes. "As the need for efficiencies and cost reduction continues to grow, forwarders are demanding more access to booking information and services in real time. With Descartes' GF-X Exchange, Saudi Airlines Cargo Company can extend its electronic booking reach to forwarders throughout the world."

Descartes' GF-X Exchange is one of the largest cargo electronic information and reservation systems in the airfreight industry. Airfreight carriers can distribute real-time product, routing, capacity and rate information to their forwarders worldwide. Airfreight forwarders can access carrier information, make electronic bookings and track shipments via a web browser, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Descartes' GF-X Exchange service is part of the Descartes Global Logistics Network(TM) (GLN). The GLN enables transportation providers to connect to their trading partners and reliably exchange information to drive delivery performance and high levels of customer satisfaction. With the Descartes GLN, companies can 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 Saudi Airlines Cargo Company

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (SACC) is a leading cargo carrier based in Saudi Arabia with global reach. Through scheduled and charter services on our freighters combined with the cargo capacity on Saudi Arabian Airlines passenger services and our interline airline partners we can provide services to all major destinations making SACC one of the prime cargo airlines in the world. Reliability, safety, security, convenient connections and flight schedules are characteristics for which we are renowned. Moreover, being at the heart of the world, the Gulf, we bridge the East and the West, through our three hubs in Saudi Arabia, giving us a unique competitive edge, increased flexibility and allowing us to move your cargo with ease. So, when you have anything to send anywhere at any time, please contact Saudi Airlines Cargo Company. For more information please 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 D.C., Derby, London, Stockholm, Shanghai, and Toronto. For more information, visit

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