Descartes acquires Oz Development, Inc

by MM&D Online Staff

WATERLOO, Ontario—Descartes Systems Group has acquired Oz Development, Inc, a US-based provider of application integration solutions that help small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) automate a number of logistics and supply chain processes.

For over 10 years, Oz has been helping a growing SMB community connect to, and integrate with, leading ERP, CRM, e-commerce and supply chain platforms. Oz’s strong partnerships with key SMB channels, such as UPS and NetSuite, have helped it build this community to include nearly 7,000 end customers.  Oz’s solutions automate logistics and supply chain processes, including order fulfilment, inventory management/scanning, and shipping.

“The e-commerce market in North America continues to grow as consumer buying patterns and expectations evolve,” said Ken Wood, executive vice-president product management at Descartes. “A large portion of this growth in the market is being addressed by the SMB community, where companies typically don’t have a fleet of vehicles and rely on third parties, such as UPS, for the final-mile delivery. By combining with Oz, we can better address this segment of the retail community.”

“We welcome the Oz employees, customers and partners to the Descartes community,” said Edward Ryan, Descartes’s CEO. “The Oz team brings deep domain expertise to Descartes for supply chain challenges in the SMB market. We’re excited by the opportunity to leverage this domain expertise to expand beyond what Oz does today and to provide Oz’s customers with access to the complementary solutions available on Descartes’ Global Logistics Network.”

Oz is headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately US$29.5 million, which was paid in cash.