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This is part of a series looking at the distribution software industry. This article examines challenges and what distributors should expect in the next five years.
In the year or so leading up to Y2K, many distributors upgraded their computer systems to protect their businesses from what was supposed to be a widespread system breakdown when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2000. The scare fueled massive technology investment in businesses worldwide.
And now, thanks to technological improvements making viable solutions more affordable and scalable to distributors of all sizes, many are looking to invest again or transition from their legacy systems to an off-the-shelf solution or a modernized interface.
In a recent MDM survey, about 24 ...

This is part of a series looking at the distribution software industry. This article examines the role the Internet is playing in driving change in the way distributors do business.


In the last decade, the Internet has been one of the key drivers of technology development.
The Internet is the backbone today for anybody that's in distribution, anybody in the supply chain and supply chain execution,"Rod Winger, Epicor's director of product marketing. "You could not do what we do today without the Internet."
The emphasis on having information available anytime from anywhere has been a driving force behind many companies'moving into the realm of e-commerce, doing business with suppliers and ...
This is part of a series looking at the distribution software industry. This article examines the pros and cons of Software as a Service, a model of software deployment where the distributor, for a monthly fee, accesses a business application over the Internet.
In an industry where margins are tight, upgrading technology is often put off until absolutely necessary. High upfront costs and licensing fees for new products deter many businesses from making an investment. But a recent trend -Software as a Service -may be opening doors for even the smallest of distributors to buy into new technology.
Not everybody believes that Software as a Service, or SaaS -a model of software deployment where an application is hosted as a service and accessed by the ...
Descartes Systems Group, Waterloo, Ontario, has acquired Belgium-based Dexx, a European customs filing and logistics messaging provider, for about €1.4 million (US$1.9 million). The acquisition adds European customs filing capabilities and expands Descartes'network in Europe.
With anticipated upcoming European Union regulations expected to mandate electronic notification to custom authorities of the contents of a vehicle, aircraft or vessel prior to arrival at the border, we saw an opportunity to play an exciting role in this market by combining our local expertise with Descartes'Global Logistics Network,"said Johan Deckx, president of Dexx.
Descartes provides logistics services and software in a variety of industries, including ground carriers, ...
Descartes Systems Group, Waterloo, Ontario, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, has acquired Burnsville, MN-based RouteView Technologies, Inc., for $3 million.
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RouteView provides technology solutions to small- and medium-sized organizations that help them manage their delivery operations. The company features map-based routing software combines with wireless/GPS and automated call-out technology.
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Descartes, a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions, logistics management solutions combine a multi-modal network, the Descartes Global Logistics Network, with component-based & lsquo; nano'sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services ...

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