Another dimension: Descartes buys Scancode; adds 500-plus members to global logistics network

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff March 11, 2009

Descartes Systems Group , a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based logistics solutions provider, has acquired privately held Scancode Systems www.scancode.com —a developer and integrator of carrier-compliant parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping solutions—in an all-cash transaction.
Scancode solutions will scale from the loading dock to the enterprise, delivering up-to-date rates that allow the customer to both make efficient shipment decisions and comply with carrier manifesting and labeling requirements. Scancode’s strength is in managing small parcel shipments with postal services, a variety of small-package delivery carriers, and more than 150 LTL carriers.
Scancode also has supporting warehouse and automated data collection functionality.
Scancode adds more than 500 members to Descartes’ Global Logistics Network, including, parcel carriers, regional LTL truck carriers, and numerous manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. Scancode complements Descartes’ broader transportation management solutions with its enterprise shipping solutions that plan, pick, pack and manifest shipments. By gathering information at the loading dock and source of the shipment, Scancode’s addition to the Global Logistics Network extends the shipment management process to support “the first mile” of the delivery/shipment and provides further detail and visibility to track that asset.