Descartes Systems Group wrapped up 2013 with two more acquisitions-- Compudata, a provider of B2B supply chain integration and e-invoicing solutions in Switzerland and Impatex Freight Software Limited (“Impatex”), a provider of electronic customs filing and freight forwarding solutions in the UK.
Compudata brings more than 500 customers to Descartes’ Global Logistic Network, with the majority of these in Switzerland. Compudata’s wider community includes a significant number of retailers and suppliers that will now join Descartes’ logistics community, presenting additional opportunities for trading partners to collect and share logistics data earlier in the business process – from purchase order to loading dock door.
“Descartes is establishing itself as the global network for communities collaborating on logistics and supply chain processes,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO in a recent news release. “The addition of Compudata’s solutions and community to our Logistics Technology Platform is another important step on this journey, and it further strengthens our global market leadership position. “Our customers now have access to a broader scale and scope of document-critical functionalities that are key to moving goods. This can help them link critical elements and information in the supply chain, increase data accuracy and make the flow of goods more efficient.”
The acquisition of Impatex brings more than 200 freight forwarder customers to Descartes’ Global Logistic Network, with the majority of these in the UK. By combining Impatex’s leading UK customs and forwarding solutions with Descartes’ global community of logistics participants and logistics management solutions, customers now have a single partner to help them manage their shipments across the globe.
“Impatex has been developing its feature-rich, UK customs compliance platform in a transaction-based revenue business model for more than 20 years,” Ryan noted. “Impatex strengthens Descartes’ Customs and Regulatory Compliance platform with additional functionality and a broader set of services for the UK market. In addition, Impatex’s NetFreight forwarding application provides an agile operations platform for smaller forwarders to address local needs while extending their business reach and efficiency through integration with Descartes’ Global Logistics Network.”