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Named to Food Logistics FL100+ for Fifth time

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Named to Food Logistics FL100+ for Fifth time

Food Logistics FL100+ recognizes Open Sky Group for their contributions to the digital, global food supply chain for clients such as SmithFoods

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 17, 2019) – Open Sky Group is excited to announce its inclusion in Food Logistics’ “FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers” 2019 Listing. It’s the fifth year for Open Sky Group to be named to this listing of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain. Tracking and agility are vital to the food and beverage supply chain because of the complexities related to food safety regulations, perishability, collaboration and transparency amongst partners in the supply chain.

SmithFoods, a manufacturer of dairy products under the brands of SMITH’S, Ruggles, Artisa and Ajoyo, began working with Open Sky Group on implementation of JDA Warehouse Management for multiple sites in 2019. “Our supply chain goals include upgrading older systems and standardizing processes across three facilities. Open Sky Group has a top-notch team and a reputation for helping companies standardize processes with its methodology of disciplined agility and no modifications approach to WMS implementations,“ said Scott Heldreth, VP, Supply Chain for SmithFoods. “The facilities will all be live in 2020 and we’re looking forward to the growth-fueling efficiencies and increased inventory accuracy we’ll gain.”

“A secure and accurate WMS is critical to the success of companies in the food and beverage industry. Our rapid implementation methodology gives clients like SmithFoods a faster return on investment as well as standardization of processes across multiple facilities,” said Jason Yantiss, VP, Client Services for Open Sky Group. “It’s an honor to be included for the fifth time among the industry leaders named to the FL100+.”

“Whether you’re using sensors to monitor critical temperatures for perishables or a WMS to manage inventory flows in your warehouse, software and technology are playing a vital role in the food and beverage industry,” remarks John R. Yuva, editor for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The transparency and safety of the digital global food supply chain would not exist without innovations in software and technology. Our FL100+ recipients help drive supply chain compliance and regulatory changes that benefit everyone from the farmer to the food processor to the consumer.” Companies on this year’s 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list will be profiled in the November/December 2019 issue of Food Logistics or online.

ABOUT SMITHFOODS

SmithFoods Logo

SmithFoods is the company that brings the popular brands to market like SMITH’S, Ruggles, Artisa and Ajoyo. An industry leader in quality and innovation, SmithFoods is dedicated to providing customers and consumers with the best products available and manufactured by facilities in Orrville, Ohio, Richmond, Indiana and Pacific, Missouri. This attention extends to food service, private label and contract packaging opportunities.

ABOUT FOOD LOGISTICS

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.

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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

CEO

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.