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Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics Has More Efficient Distribution with Descartes’ Cloud-based Route Planning

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is using the Descartes Route Planner™ On-demand solution to more efficiently deliver freshly-picked produce to wholesale markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) members.

“Our mission is to deliver healthy, high-quality food within 24 hours of being picked,” said Ben Kreider, Transportation Director at Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics. “With Descartes, we have a tool that automates and optimizes route planning and driver scheduling for picking up produce from over 160 family farms and delivering to market shelves and CSA members’ hands. As our transportation needs grow, this level of efficiency is fundamental to ensuring that we maintain the responsiveness and product quality that our farmers and customers have come to expect.”

Using Descartes Route Planner™ On-demand, LFFO has shifted away from manual fleet management processes to get farmers’ products to the warehouse on one day and out to customers the next day. The cloud-based solution provides an easy and affordable way to plan, optimize, and dispatch routes, then track and monitor delivery fleets in real time. It manages both static and dynamic routes to maximize fleet utilization while respecting customer service requirements by taking into account geographic information, time windows and other business constraints when planning pickups and deliveries.

“We’re pleased to help LFFO grow and set itself apart from competitors in the fresh foods industry by using automation to run a more productive, yet customer centric transportation operation,” said Andrew Roszko, Senior Vice President of Sales at Descartes. “For distribution-intensive companies, like LFFO, it’s becoming an increasingly complex process to simultaneously reduce distribution costs while maintaining high service levels. Descartes’ routing and mobile solutions are specifically designed to assist in balancing these objectives during planning, capturing key information as routes get executed, and measuring how actual routes perform against plans to enable continuous improvement.”

About Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics
Since 2008, LFFO has been delivering freshly picked produce to wholesale markets and members with as little turnaround time as possible. Lancaster Farm Fresh is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania that provides fresh, certified organic fruits, vegetables, and other farm fresh products to wholesalers and through a subscription initiative also known as the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

About Descartes
Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) 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. Customers use our modular, cloud-based solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multimodal 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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Global Media Contact Mavi Silveira Tel: +1(800) 419-8495 ext. 202416 msilveira@descartes.com

Source:The Descartes Systems Group Inc.