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How Descartes’ New ShipRush E-commerce Shipping Service Aids Retailers

Descartes Systems Group said its ShipRush cloud-based e-commerce shipping solution now fully supports parcel and less-than-truckload (LTL) freight to provide companies with a single platform to meet their shipping requirements.

The company said Descartes ShipRush makes it easier for customers to evaluate parcel and LTL options to make better shipping decisions for their requirements. The firm said the benefits of adding LTL freight to its service include offering an extensive list of national and regional LTL freight carriers and the ability to access parcel and LTL services in one solution, as well as simplifying the process of sorting through the many carrier options and factors to determine cost-effective LTL shipment alternatives.

This can lead to substantial savings on bulk shipments and large items and help to determine when and how to use LTL, which can result in up to 50 percent in shipping savings compared to parcel, the company said. LTL freight capabilities access the same Descartes ShipRush functionality that connects e-commerce companies to more than 80 marketplaces, ERP systems and accounting solutions.

“Descartes continues to drive e-commerce shipping innovation by bringing together LTL freight, parcel shipping and rate shopping on a cost-effective platform for e-commerce companies,” Troy Graham, senior vice president of business development for Descartes Systems Group, said. “These combined capabilities help companies…remove the guesswork from choosing the best combination of cost and service for their shipments.”

Descartes’ new service is similar to operational initiatives from the larger parcel and freight carriers.

For instance, earlier this year UPS rolled out UPS eFulfillment, offering small- and medium-sized businesses worldwide streamlined fulfillment and shipping services to consumers in the U.S. and Canada. The solution supports purchases and orders from 21 different marketplaces and web stores, including eBay, Walmart, Etsy and Amazon, including Prime. The new platform augments UPS’s suite of custom e-commerce solutions.

Descartes provides on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. It is headquartered in Waterloo, Canada.