Williams & Associates Chooses Network to Consolidate Logistics Messaging

Consulting firm cites coverage, service in its selection of Descartes as preferred provider of logistics messaging services

Waterloo, Ontario — February 14, 2006 — Williams & Associates Inc., a freight payment and transportation consulting firm, said today it has chosen Descartes Systems Group Inc.'s Global Logistics Network (GLN) as its preferred platform for its logistics messaging and connectivity services requirements.

Williams & Associates said the Descartes GLN, with over 1,400 North American truck carriers already connected, gives quick access to the freight bills and other transportation-related messages it needs to provide audit and payment services to its shipper customers.

"Descartes was the clear choice as our preferred provider for truck carrier messaging because of the Descartes GLN's superior connectivity to the transportation and logistics community," said A. Gil Williams, president of Williams & Associates. "The GLN gives Williams & Associates a single point of access to our broad base of trading partners and a range of connectivity options so that we can exchange electronic logistics documents with our carriers, regardless of their size or level of technological sophistication."

Ed Ryan, general manager of Descartes' Global Logistics Network, commented that it has had a business relationship with Williams & Associates for 14 years, and his company is looking forward to continuing to provide them with logistics messaging services.

"Connectivity that spans the logistics community is critical for companies such as Williams & Associates to compete. As one of the world's largest logistics-focused messaging networks, the GLN gives Williams & Associates a competitive advantage to attract new customers and expand its business with existing ones," he said.

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