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How Information Access Boosts Customer Satisfaction and Lowers Cost


How Information Access Boosts Customer Satisfaction and Lowers Cost

September 6, 2022

Create New Efficiencies, Real-Time Visibility, and Make Customer Self-Service a Point of Differentiation in Today’s Competitive Logistics Marketplace With 3PL Client Portal

Your customer calls, wanting to know how much inventory is on hand for a planned promotion aimed at clearing the nearest expiration dates in place of the latest. A full-time employee then stops what they’re doing to answer the call, look up the information, sift lot numbers, quantities, expiration dates, and locations, and satisfy the request. How long did that take? Did you charge the customer for your time? Was the information accurate? Is there a better way to satisfy your customer?  How can you give your customers real-time visibility?

If your warehouse management system (WMS) were linked to Open Sky Group’s 3PL Client Portal solution, your customer could have conveniently looked up the information from any browser-enabled device and gotten the details, accurately and in real time, without ever engaging your staff. That is the way to create loyal customers and trim costs. That’s the way to stand out in today’s hyperactive, fast-moving supply chain marketplace.

Unfortunately, many 3PLs have yet to achieve this level of digital efficiency in their warehouses. Spreadsheets, emails, customer service desks, and hard-copy communications are still the norm for much of the industry. And even those who possess a tier one WMS lack a practical customer interface to provide detailed inbound, outbound, and inventory data to customers on demand. Without an ERP linked directly to the WMS, most customers still must go through channels to gain basic information. That is what motivated Open Sky Group to create its new 3PL Client Portal.

A View Into Inventory Like Never Before

3PL Client Portal is a system-agnostic, add-on software module designed by Open Sky Group to bring self-service efficiency and operational transparency to Blue Yonder and other WMS installations. The software operates securely within the same cloud-hybrid infrastructure that connects your on-prem systems with Blue Yonder’s SaaS offering. Its MS SQL mirror database replicates stored data, providing access to information in real time, without interrupting ongoing operations. With it, any permissible user can log onto the system from anywhere, anytime, and access:

  • Inbound orders and expected receipts
  • Outbound orders and shipments
  • Master item lists
  • Inventory “available to promise” across all facilities and buildings
  • Product and shipment details including lot and serial numbers, bills of lading, proofs of delivery, FIFO status, expiration dates, and shipments in transit


The program provides multi-lingual options out of the box and enables direct customer order entries 24/7. Customized screen views and reports add value to the user experience, making 3PL Client Portal a service worth monetizing across the customer base as a net saving against billable service calls involving live staff.

Put 3PL Client Portal to Use in Your Organization

The practical applications of 3PL Client Portal offer multiple opportunities to differentiate your business in today’s digital supply chain environment.

For instance, customers can manage product recalls on their own, gleaning information on specific lots, with associated shipping details and dates, in aggregated views across multiple distribution centers.

Real-time visibility into inventory aging can be used to support FIFO strategies and flag marketing opportunities for promotional clearance of aging products.

3PL Client Portal also gives customers visibility into orders, providing self-service access to delivery status for tracking validation and locating missing orders.

And perhaps most importantly, this transparency into “available to promise” inventory supports proactive stock management, allowing customers to avoid backorders and canceled orders based on what is actually in stock, already allocated, or shipped.

In addition to supporting 3PL operations, Client Portal can also benefit large enterprises where multiple WMS platforms are used to operate multiple distribution centers across broad geographies.

Add Value to Your Brand With Open Sky Group

With labor at a premium and competition on the rise, 3PL Client Portal allows you to maximize the value of your existing staff, while also standing apart from the crowd as a digitally savvy provider. 3PL Client Portal will help you lower your operating costs, improve customer experience, and improve inventory flow through your facilities.

You can offer your customers more for less with 3PL Client Portal from Open Sky Group.

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Jeremy Hudson

Vice President of Client Services

Jeremy’s focus is on the products and services clients need to stay competitive. Open Sky Group’s mission is to deliver technology-enabled solutions that allow our customers to achieve more while having the flexibility to adapt to change. Jeremy lives the core values and mission by bringing the best experience possible to our clients. He is an essential member of implementation teams, working alongside clients, and encouraging them to use innovation and best practices instead of customizations for success.

Jason Yantiss

Vice President of Client Services

Jason provides leadership to a variety of teams focused on implementation and integration. With 27+ years of experience holding operational and technical management roles in transportation, billing, and warehousing across a vast array of industry verticals, Jason is adept at driving multiple complex projects, understanding customer needs at all levels of the operation and providing viable solutions. Jason’s resume of 150+ implementation projects include Warehouse, Labor, Transportation, Yard Management and multiple AR/AP Freight Pay and Customer Billing systems. 

Eric McPherson

Vice President of Client Services

Mac works to oversee implementation and integration projects. A former Marine officer and military police officer, he brings over 27 years of supply chain experience, including 11 years at Blue Yonder in both delivery and service sales. Mac is a dedicated, team-oriented professional with a background in business management, professional services, customer service, and supply chain technology. His specialties include sales support, supply chain execution systems, project management, fulfillment operations, distribution operations, and GSA contracts.

Shannon Caflisch

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Shannon is responsible for the strategy and management of all sales, business development, and marketing programs. With over 25 years of sales experience and 15 years focused in the supply chain space, Shannon focuses on building strong relationships with clients and partners and strives to deliver the right software solutions to help conquer supply chain challenges. Shannon believes in learning by listening to understand clients’ goals, struggles, and what is important to their business to build lasting, successful relationships.

Alan Prillaman

Senior Vice President of Client Services

As Senior VP of Client Services, Alan oversees all consulting services and account management at Open Sky Group. Possessing over 30 years of combined industry and consulting experience, Alan leverages his unique background in IT, logistics, quality management systems, manufacturing and distribution operations, and facility and strategic account management to provide clients with creative resolutions to complex challenges. His core philosophy and passion are to deliver tangible value for and establish long-term trusted partnerships with our clients.

Mike Noble

Senior Vice President of Technology

As Senior Vice President of Technology, Mike leads Open Sky Group’s Managed Services, Software Services, Infrastructure Services, and Information Technology teams bringing 35+ years of experience in Supply Chain Execution and Information Technology. Mike and his teams ensure we maintain the highest levels of customer service in a secure and reliable environment, constantly reviewing and evaluating new technologies, their appropriateness and applicability so we can safely and securely transact our own business – and help our clients accomplish the same.

Chad Kramlich


Joining Open Sky Group in 2015, Chad, served as Chief Revenue Officer for three years prior to his appointment to CEO in 2022. With over 25 years of experience delivering results for high-growth software and consulting organizations, Chad is leveraging his background in building efficient and effective implementation teams, establishing high-impact services operations, achieving revenue growth, and deepening executive-level client relations to help propel Open Sky Group into a very successful future.