Descartes Systems Group has acquired certain assets of Velocity Mail, an electronic transportation network that provides global air carriers with mail and parcel shipment scanning and tracking solutions.
Velocity Mail has been connecting commercial airlines and their logistics partners with government postal authorities around the world for more than 15 years. Using Velocity Mail’s network, global air carriers leverage mobile devices to accurately track shipments and deliveries in real-time.
Velocity Mail automates the entire shipment process from route generation to accounting reconciliation, simplifying operational processes for the air carriers, ground handlers and postal authorities.
“With more than 60 per cent of cross-border e-commerce transactions shipped using postal providers, the growth of e-commerce has fuelled an increase in the market for Velocity Mail’s solutions,” said Ken Wood, EVP of Product Management at Descartes.
“Global air carriers need to have access to timely and reliable information about the movement of mail and parcel shipments to operate efficiently and meet postal authority service level agreements.”
Wood added that Velocity Mail’s network operates with similar fundamentals to the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN) by assisting parties connect and share information, while value-added business applications that are part of the network leverage that information to increase efficiencies and improve decision-making.
“Global air carriers and their partners are key constituents on our Global Logistics Network,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO.
“By combining Velocity Mail’s solutions with the Descartes Global Air Messaging Gateway, the air carriers will now have one platform to manage the lifecycle of all shipments, both e-commerce focused mail and parcel shipments and larger freight shipments. The combination also strengthens our position in the growing global e-commerce market,” he added.
Waterloo, Ontario-based Descartes acquired the Denver, Colorado-based Velocity Mail for USD 25.5 million in cash.