Descartes Systems has announced that U.K.-based fashion retailer LOVALL, formerly known as Love Leggings, is using Descartes’ ecommerce warehouse management system (WMS) to improve productivity by automating fulfilment and optimizing the use of existing warehouse space to hold three times as much inventory. The solution has enabled LOVALL to meet rising ecommerce order volumes without needing to hire additional resources, even during peak periods like this past November when order volumes increased by 28% compared to the same time the previous year.

“Our business has scaled from an Amazon marketplace that used manual- and paper-based systems to pick and pack orders weekly to a growing online fashion brand that fulfils orders daily with almost 100% accuracy using the Descartes solution,” said Chris Brian, Co-Founder of LOVALL. “Descartes has a strong track record of success in our industry with other high growth fashion brands. Its ecommerce WMS gives us a reliable and trusted technology foundation that can easily keep pace with our expanding business.”

Part of Descartes’ ecommerce solution suite, Descartes’ ecommerce WMS helps direct-to-consumer brands and ecommerce retailers drive significant efficiencies across order fulfilment processes to provide a remarkable customer experience. The solution helps ensure retailers can ship on time, ship the right items, not oversell existing inventory, and have transparency into warehouse operations. Order information is automatically available to be executed via mobile-driven, multi-order pick-and-pack strategies and then fed into Descartes and third-party parcel shipment systems. The solution integrates with ecommerce platforms such as Shopify Plus, Brightpearl by Sage, NetSuite, Linnworks, Loop Returns and others, to accelerate implementation and time to value.

“We’re pleased that our ecommerce WMS is playing an important role in LOVALL’s growth and success,” said Johannes Panzer, Head of Industry Solutions for Ecommerce at Descartes. “The ecommerce market is fast-paced and demanding, and our warehouse and shipping solutions are designed to help companies at all stages of growth drive efficiencies and cost-savings in their fulfilment operations, easily flex to support peak and off-peak order volumes and achieve overall higher standards of customer service.”

Separately, Descartes has announced that it has acquired OCR Services, a leading provider of global trade compliance solutions and content.

OCR specializes in solutions and content for export compliance and controlled commodities, helping customers streamline and automate processes around denied party screening, license procurement / management, and product classification. Their core platform, GlobalEASE, is used by blue-chip, multinational organizations around the world to stay current in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Similar to Descartes, OCR monitors regulatory sources and updates their trade data content libraries daily. OCR’s controlled exports data expands Descartes’ extensive global trade content library for customers and partners, such as SAP and Oracle.

“The OCR team brings a wealth of domain expertise in global trade compliance to Descartes, including experience leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) in the content management process,” said Andrew Roszko, Chief Commercial Officer at Descartes. “By adding OCR’s solutions and content to our Global Logistics Network, we see an opportunity to bring new functionality and enhanced content to our customers and partners around the world. With our combined solutions and team, we also see an opportunity to further penetrate markets in Europe and Asia.”

“We continue to invest in solutions and content to help our customers manage the complete lifecycle of shipments in what is an increasingly dynamic global regulatory environment,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “OCR complements our Global Trade Intelligence business, particularly our Visual Compliance and MK Data investments. We’re thrilled to welcome the OCR employees, customers and partners into the Descartes family.”

OCR is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. Descartes acquired OCR for approximately $US 90 million, satisfied from cash on hand.

Descartes is exhibiting at Multimodal on stand 4055

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