Descartes Systems Group, a provider of on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions for logistics-intensive businesses, has acquired Airclic Inc., a provider of mobile solutions that help companies reduce the cost of delivering goods by automating traditional paper-based processes, for roughly $30 million.
Airclic’s cloud-based mobile solutions help streamline and automate complex 'last mile' logistics processes. The 'last mile' is a key piece of the supply chain that directly touches customers and has traditionally been fraught with manual paper-based processes. Airclic’s Perform platform provides configurable mobile technology and electronic proof-of-delivery solutions that operate on a hand-held device carried by the driver.
According to Edward Ryan, Descartes’ CEO, the acquisition of Airclic will help the company meet the growing demand for integrated routing and mobile fleet management solutions. Descartes and Airclic have several common customers, he notes, who have augmented their route planning and optimization systems with mobile data at the driver, vehicle and stop level.
Airclic technology is currently deployed on more than 40,000 hand-held devices.