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Descartes helps Ancla meet Covid-19 logistics challenges

Steve Rogerson
May 5, 2020



Germany’s Ancla Logistik, a third party logistics services provider, is scaling its use of Descartes’ ecommerce warehouse management system (WMS) to on-board quickly online retailers who have been impacted by Covid-19.
 
The WMS automates ecommerce processes from the initial receipt to the storage of goods in the warehouse, order processing, outbound shipment execution and returns management.
 
“At Ancla, we have the resources and the technology in place to partner with online retailers who need fulfilment support immediately and flexibility for the future to mitigate risk,” said Christoph Maas, CEO at Ancla Logistik. “For example, many want to continue to sell goods on Amazon, but need an alternative provider of logistics services from warehousing through shipping. With the Descartes ecommerce WMS, we can meet these needs. It scales easily to bring on new customers and already supports the seller-fulfilled Prime programme. In just one to two days, we can operationalise warehousing, order processing and Prime shipping over our own fulfilment network at the service levels and speed retailers require.”
 
Integrated with hundreds of ecommerce sites and ecommerce fulfilment providers in Europe and North America, the WMS enables small-to-medium sized businesses and large retailers looking to enhance their online presence to support growing ecommerce demand. It collects order information from ecommerce web sites, translates it into a scanner-driven receiving and pick-and-pack process within the warehouse, initiates the shipment to the customer, and synchronises all receiving and fulfilment information with the customer’s financial and shipment tracking systems.
 
“We’re pleased that Descartes is helping Ancla to support online retailers impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Dirk Haschke, vice president at Descartes. “In diverse industries and markets, our customers are quickly determining how to both extend and adapt their logistics and supply chain processes to continue to sell their products during this extraordinary time.”
 
Ancla is an owner-managed logistics and fulfilment company founded in 2006 in Darmstadt. Since then, it has grown year on year and currently has more than 250 employees. Its 20,000m² warehouse and office facilities are in Wetzlar in central Germany.
 
Descartes’ headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and it has offices and partners around the world.