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New and Extended Solutions to be Unveiled at Descartes Global User Group Conference.

WATERLOO, Ontario -- March 21st and 22nd Conference in Atlanta to Highlight Advances in Descartes' Solutions

The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX:DSG)(NASDAQ:DSGX), a leading provider of on-demand, software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery management solutions and services for transportation, logistics, manufacturing, retail, distribution and service provider enterprises, today announced that the company will unveil new solutions and extensions to the Descartes Delivery Management(TM) suite and Descartes Global Logistics Network(TM) (GLN) at its annual Global User Group Conference, taking place in Atlanta on March 21st and 22nd, 2006.

"Customers attending this year's Global User Group Conference will be able to see the numerous technology advances we have developed over the last year," said Chris Jones, Descartes' executive vice president of solutions and markets. "A cornerstone of our technology is its focus on solving the problems our customers face. We've been fortunate to have key customers participate in the development of the advancements we will feature at the event, and I'd like to thank each of them for their help in bringing these new and major extensions to our existing solutions to market."

Some of the advancements scheduled to be presented at the 2006 Descartes Global User Group Conference include:

- Descartes Dock Appointment Scheduling(TM) , developed in response to the needs of a leading retailer, is a new solution based upon Descartes Visibility & Event Management(TM) that allows retailers, manufacturers and distributors to synchronize the flow of inbound shipments with their suppliers and related carriers;

- Descartes Transport Order Entry(TM) has been extended with input from a leading security services company to streamline manual and automated order entry for private fleets and contract carriers;

- Hours of Service Compliance Planning, developed in response to the needs of a leading building material distributor and a leading furniture manufacturer, is an extension of Descartes' Route Planner(TM), designed to create route plans that adhere to hours of service regulations in Europe and the United States of America;

- Resource Management Templates, developed in response to the needs of a leading building material distributor, is a Descartes Route Planner extension designed to facilitate the creation of driver and other resources used during the pick-up and delivery process;

- Descartes Ocean Freight Audit(TM), created at the request of a leading third-party logistics provider (3PL), is a new GLN service offering based upon Descartes' Rate Management(TM) solution, designed to allow third party logistics providers (3PLs), freight forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs), manufacturers, distributors and retailers to automatically rate their ocean freight bills;

- Descartes Truck Freight Audit(TM), developed at the request of a leading 3PL and a leading manufacturer, is a new GLN service offering based upon Descartes' Transportation Manager(TM) solution, designed to allow 3PLs, freight forwarders, manufacturers, distributors and retailers to automatically rate their truck-load and less-than-truckload freight bills;

- "Buy/Sell" Ocean Rate Management, developed to address challenges faced by a leading ocean carrier, is an extension of Descartes' Rate Management solution, designed to allow NVOCCs, freight forwarders and 3PLs to easily maintain their ocean carrier purchase prices and the rates they charge their customers; and

- Descartes eForms(TM), developed at the request of a leading freight forwarder, is a new email-based forms service for the GLN, designed to allow less technologically sophisticated transportation carriers and manufacturers to easily transmit or receive messages through the GLN.

About the 2006 Global User Group Conference

The Descartes Global User Group Conference will take place at the Buckhead Sheraton in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 21st and 22nd, 2006. The Global User Group Conference provides Descartes' customers with an opportunity to learn how other companies are improving their business performance using Descartes' solutions; to understand and provide feedback on future product direction; and to network with peers to share best practices. Representatives from industry leaders such as Eastman Kodak Company, CVS Corporation, The Schwan Food Company, Ferrellgas, UBCR, Capital Beverage, Integrated Logistics, Inc. and other customers are scheduled to participate in a variety of sessions designed to help users of Descartes' solutions and services better understand the strategies, business processes and implementation tactics that these leading customers are employing.

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About the Descartes Global Logistics Network (GLN)

The Descartes GLN is a multimodal network of transportation and logistics services providers and their customers that facilitates the exchange of logistics information and provides services that leverage that information. It is one of the world's largest logistics networks with more than 1,600 ground carriers, 450 third party logistics/freight forwarders, 30 ocean carriers, 85 air carriers and a total of over 35,000 logistics messaging partnerships. The Descartes GLN helps numerous companies better manage their logistics book-to-bill process, track inventory, meet regulatory requirements, optimize fleet performance, and effectively communicate with their logistics partners.

About the Descartes Delivery Management Suite

The Descartes Delivery Management suite integrates design, planning, execution, performance management and messaging solutions that help manufacturers, retailers, distributors, service/maintenance providers and their logistics services providers to optimize inbound and outbound delivery performance. It helps companies maximize private fleet, contract carrier and warehouse productivity and customer service, have visibility to global and regional supply chain performance, and capture the data needed to drive world-class logistics operations.

About Descartes

The Descartes Systems Group Inc. is a leading provider of on-demand, software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery management solutions for transportation, logistics, manufacturing, retail, distribution and service provider enterprises. Descartes delivers trading partner connectivity and document exchange, route planning, wireless dispatch, rate management, inventory and asset visibility, transportation management and warehouse optimization solutions for industries such as retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, transportation, distribution and third-party logistics. Descartes offers solutions that can be deployed as traditional applications or as a service to help customers optimize and gain real-time control of their inventory, logistics assets and mobile workforce. Descartes solutions are used by more than 2,500 customers in over 60 countries. For more information, visit

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This release contains statements that are considered forward-looking information by applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), including statements that relate to Descartes' product and service functionality and performance, potential benefits derived therefrom in general and by specific customers, Descartes' competitive position and other matters that may constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Descartes to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the factors discussed in the sections entitled, "Risk Factors" and "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada. If any of such risks or factors actually occur, they could materially adversely effect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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