Descartes Acquires pixi* Software
Descartes has acquired pixi* Software GMBH (“pixi”), a leading Germany-based provider of technology solutions for e-commerce order fulfilment and warehouse management. pixi helps its customers automate processes from orders placed on hundreds of e-commerce sites in Europe. The company’s customers include both small-to-medium sized businesses (“SMBs”) and larger retailers looking to enhance their online presence to meet the need for omni-channel deliveries.
Descartes’ strategy is focused on growing and operating the most complete and interoperable global Logistics Technology Platform. Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform uniquely combines the Global Logistics Network (GLN), a wide range of modular and interoperable logistics applications and the largest community of logistics-intensive companies in the world. The acquisition advances Descartes’ strategic objective to strengthen its global presence and leadership position by:
- Extending the reach of Descartes’ network with connections into European e-commerce storefronts and local parcel delivery systems;
- Enhancing Descartes’ application footprint with new solutions for e-commerce fulfilment and SaaS warehouse management; and
- Adding a community of customers and domain experts in Germany, Europe’s largest economy.
Extending Descartes’ Global Logistics Network
Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN) is the foundation on which the applications and community are built. The GLN provides community members the flexibility to easily connect and collaborate with global trading partners. pixi extends Descartes’ network-based services with connections into European e-commerce storefronts and local parcel delivery systems.
Enhancing Descartes’ offering of logistics management applications
Descartes’ product strategy is focused on expanding its logistics application functional footprint to provide its customers with the most comprehensive logistics management solutions in the industry. pixi has been building its community and solutions for over 10 years. The acquisition will add new capabilities for e-commerce fulfilment and SaaS warehouse management. The combined footprint will include:
- e-commerce site integration for omni-channel orders and inventory management;
- a SaaS-delivered warehouse management system that can be rapidly deployed; and
- an industry-leading array of customer choices for shipping options, including delivery windows from parcel to white glove delivery.
Growing Descartes’ global multi-modal logistics
Descartes’ logistics community is the largest multimodal network of logistics intensive companies in the world, with parties using its cloud-based services in over 160 countries. Descartes’ mission is to create the world’s most comprehensive networked logistics community. pixi adds more than 300 customers, primarily based in Germany, as well as a large number of domain experts to the Descartes community.
About pixi* Software
For over 10 years, pixi has helped its customers automate e-commerce processes originating from online orders, and is currently integrated with hundreds of e-commerce sites in Europe. The company’s customers include both small-to-medium sized businesses (“SMBs”) and larger retailers looking to enhance their online presence to meet the need for omni-channel deliveries. pixi’s platform collects order information from an e-commerce webfront, translates that into a scanner-driven pick and pack process within the warehouse, initiates the shipment to the customer, and synchronizes all of this information with the customer’s financial system for invoicing and shipment tracking.
The acquisition makes pixi’s customers members of the world’s premier global logistics community – The Global Logistics Network – facilitating improved performance and productivity of logistics operations around the world. As part of this community, pixi’s customers will have access to additional solutions via Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform to improve rate management, dock appointment scheduling, transportation management, routing and scheduling, and in-transit inventory visibility.
pixi is based in Munich, Germany with additional offices in Leipzig, Germany and Šenčur, Slovenia.