Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, and MyWebGrocer (MWG), the leading provider of ecommerce and digital marketing solutions to the grocery and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, have launched a combined solution that helps grocery retailers support the customer ecommerce experience from online purchase through home delivery.
The combined solution is successfully in use at the Overwaitea Food Group & Save-On-Foods, Canada’s largest western-based food store chain. “We believe that a sophisticated ecommerce platform is fundamental to meeting the needs of customers today, and that home delivery is another key touchpoint where we can make a positive impact on customers,” said Wayne Currie, Vice President of Information Technology and Ecommerce for the Overwaitea Food Group & Save-On-Foods. “The combined ecommerce solution from MWG and Descartes helps us efficiently give customers what they want, where and when they want it.”
MWG’s Digital Experience Platform provides grocery and CPG brands the digital interaction and fulfillment capabilities required to attract, engage, transact with and retain shoppers while managing the entire value chain through to store pick up or home delivery. With Descartes, grocers can offer customers optimized home delivery time windows during the purchase process, effectively plan and execute routes, and engage customers with automated post-delivery surveys.
“Ecommerce is transforming the grocery industry and creating tremendous opportunities for grocers to drive higher share of wallet and increased customer loyalty,” said Eric Healy, President of MWG. “However, it’s an incredibly demanding business model and requires an intense focus on efficiency. MWG’s order fulfillment and picking optimization capabilities combined with Descartes’ home delivery solution help grocers’ ecommerce initiatives reach full profit potential.”
“We’re pleased that our combined solution is supporting ecommerce growth and profitability strategies for a number of joint customers, including Overwaitea,” said Ken Wood, Executive Vice President of Product Management at Descartes Systems Group. “We look forward to meeting the growing online needs for grocers with multilingual technology platforms and global operations.”
About the Overwaitea Food Group LP
Part of the Jim Pattison Group, Overwaitea Food Group LP (OFG) opened its first store in British Columbia in 1915. Since then, OFG has grown to become Canada’s largest western-based food store chain. For more than a century, OFG has stayed true to its roots by staying close to customers and community, leading the way in the West with innovation and local value—that’s the OFG tradition. Today, OFG operates more than 150 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Urban Fare, Overwaitea Foods, PriceSmart Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale brands—proudly local stores designed to match the communities they serve.
Save-On-Foods is Canada’s largest Western-based grocery retailer and recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers and Top Diversity Employers. The company has over 16,000 team members working together to serve nearly 100 communities in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood and sourcing local products wherever possible, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 100 years. With more than 50 stores planned over the next 3 to 5 years, the company currently has 25 stores in various stages of development in new markets expected to open within the next 24 months.
MyWebGrocer (MWG) offers the only complete Digital Experience Platform for grocers and Consumer Packaged Goods brands. The platform powers every interaction to attract, engage, transact with and retain grocery shoppers through digital offerings ranging from planning and shopping platforms to mobile and social tools. The company also offers opportunities for Consumer Packaged Goods brands looking to reach consumers with relevant advertising, promotions and offers throughout their grocery path to purchase. Founded in 1999, MyWebGrocer manages digital solutions for more than 130 retailers across the globe, representing more than 10,000 stores, and 500+ major Consumer Packaged Goods brands. For more information, please visit http://www.MyWebGrocer.com, and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Descartes Systems Group
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.
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