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Descartes gets the Gist

PRESS RELEASE

November 04, 2014: Descartes, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Gist, a leading supply chain services provider, has expanded its use of Descartes Smartanalysis, a tachograph analysis and compliance management solution, across its European road transport operations.

"We've been using Descartes Smartanalysis for over four years in the UK with more than 1,000 heavy goods vehicles and 2,000 drivers," said Ken Clarke, Head of Transport Operations in Europe for Gist.

"Before using Descartes, managing compliance for our large and widely dispersed fleet in Europe was a time-consuming and labour-intensive operation for Gist. By extending our use of Smartanalysis to include the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, France and Scandinavia, we can drive additional efficiencies in our business."

The European Union is continuing its efforts to harmonise the enforcement of legislation regarding tachograph data and drivers' hours across member states to promote road safety and ensure a level competitive landscape between commercial road transport operators.

As part of Descartes' Smart Compliance suite designed to address these regulations, Descartes Smartanalysis is a cloud-based tachograph analysis solution that helps road transport operators with fleets of all sizes, like Gist, meet legal obligations with regard to drivers' hours, working time, and tachograph regulations. It also has capabilities to verify that drivers hold a valid driving licence and to access tachograph data, analysis and reports via the Internet.

"As enforcement efforts increase across Europe, leading transport operators such as Gist are more proactively managing their compliance," said Steve Fisher, Managing Director of Descartes UK. "By using Descartes Smartanalysis for its European operations, Gist has enhanced its compliance capabilities, allowing it to be more focused on running its core business and better serving customers."

Gist provides innovative bespoke supply chain solutions that deliver cost savings, environmental benefits and competitive advantage. Gist Limited is a supply chain company with a history spanning over 100 years. They have over 3,000 customers from a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors including market leaders such as Marks & Spencer and Starbucks.

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