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Swiss Beauty Retailer haar-shop.ch Increases Warehouse Productivity

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Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX: DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announces that online Swiss beauty vendor haar-shop.ch AG significantly improved order fulfillment productivity by over 40% and increased its warehouse utilization rate by more than one third by using Descartes’ cloud-based ecommerce warehouse management solution (WMS).

As haar-shop.ch's online business grew, it quickly became clear that manual fulfillment processes needed to be modernized. Its existing inventory management system did not offer advanced warehouse management capabilities such as “chaotic warehousing,” which speeds the put away process and maximizes warehouse space utilization. Employee processing and warehouse capacity quickly reached their limits. "We had sorted the shelves by brand, so every employee was required to memorize the product location in the warehouse," said Markus Stoller, Head of IT at haar-shop.ch. "Our warehouse operations were inefficient as a result, and we couldn't implement multi-order picking to improve employee productivity."

With the Descartes solution, haar-shop.ch not only optimized the use of warehouse space, but also significantly increased shipping speed. "Our goals were exceeded. We gained over 35% storage space and increased productivity in order fulfillment by more than 40%," Stoller explained. "By automating fulfillment processes, manual steps are reduced, which initiated massive changes in daily routines, but definitely paid off quickly. In fact, the benefits we had aimed for were achieved in only two weeks!"

Part of Descartes’ ecommerce solution suite, the Descartes Ecommerce WMS solution helps direct-to-consumer brands, ecommerce retailers, and traditional retailers rapidly scale in combination with providing a remarkable customer experience. The solution helps ensure that clients can ship on time, ship the right items, do not oversell existing inventory, and have full transparency into warehouse operations. The Descartes Ecommerce WMS solution is pre-integrated to major ecommerce platforms like Shopify, Magento or Shopware to accelerate implementation and time to value. Order information is automatically available to be executed via mobile driven multi-order pick-and-pack strategies and then fed into parcel shipment systems.

"The Descartes solution can help haar-shop.ch’s warehouse logistics processes scale along with their online store's sales growth. We’re very proud to be able to support haar-shop.ch in offering its customers an outstanding shopping and delivery experience," said Dirk Haschke, VP & General Manager, Ecommerce at Descartes. "For companies with ecommerce warehouse operations, excellence in order fulfillment is a key element for sustainable, successful business growth."

About haar-shop.ch AG

Launched around 11 years ago, haar-shop.ch is the Swiss online specialist for professional hair and beauty products, now offering over 21,000 products. Based in Uetendorf in the canton of Bern, the company employs around 70 people. haar-shop.ch not only offers a wide range of products, but its customers also benefit from attractive prices and fast, reliable delivery. For more information, visit https://www.haar-shop.ch/en/.

About Descartes

Descartes (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX: DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at www.descartes.com, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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