Descartes Acquires pixi

Descartes Systems Group has acquired pixi* Software GmbH, a German provider of technology solutions for e-commerce order fulfillment and warehouse management.

For more than 10 years, pixi has helped its customers automate e-commerce processes originating from online orders, and is currently integrated with hundreds of e-commerce sites in Europe. The company's customers include both small-to-medium sized businesses and larger retailers looking to enhance their online presence to meet the need for omni-channel deliveries.

pixi's platform collects order information from an e-commerce webfront, translates that into a scanner-driven pick and pack process within the warehouse, initiates the shipment to the customer, and synchronizes all of this information with the customer's financial system for invoicing and shipment tracking.

"E-commerce and related omni-channel delivery is evolving rapidly as consumer expectations change around how things are bought and delivered," said Ken Wood, executive vice president, product management at Descartes. "pixi helps its customers address the specific logistics pain points involved with this changing landscape, helping both SMB e-commerce players and traditional retailers manage the fulfilment of omni-channel orders.

"pixi brings solutions that are very complementary to what we provide today," Wood continued. "Specifically, when combined with our Global Logistics Network and our e-commerce and ERP integration capabilities from our recent combination with Oz Development, pixi allows us to present a highly differentiated offering for this segment of the market."

"We believe that our customers are looking to us for a solution that integrates their e-commerce front-end, warehouse and shipping systems. Consumers expect to be able to choose when they will receive their order, so our ability to bring different delivery methods and windows to the point-of sale is a big differentiator," said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes' CEO. "We're thrilled that pixi is combining with Descartes to help us serve customers, and we welcome the pixi employees, customers and partners to the Descartes community."

pixi is headquartered in Munich. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately EUR 9.2 million (approximately USD $10.4 million at April 29, 2016), which was paid in cash.
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