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Open Sky Group, Matson Logistics Awarded for Rapid WMS Upgrade

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Open Sky Group, Matson Logistics Awarded for Rapid WMS Upgrade

Named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 Best Supply Chain Projects 2018

Open Sky Group and Matson Logistics announce today their inclusion in the Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) 100 Best Supply Chain Projects 2018.  Open Sky Group, a global specialist for implementing JDA Software solutions, has worked with Matson Logistics, a leading third-party logistics service provider, for over a decade on supply chain software improvement projects. Most recently the two companies worked together to upgrade Matson’s JDA Warehouse Management software at its 1.1-million-square-foot logistics campus in Savannah, GA. While technology was the main driver, another compelling aspect for Matson was Open Sky Group’s rapid implementation approach. The project won recognition because of the way the two companies worked together to redefine processes for Matson, taking advantage of the functionality in the newest versions and for the tremendous cost-savings achieved.

With over 27,000 SKUs and sub-SKUs, the Matson distribution center serves international and domestic retailers with services including e-commerce and retail order processing. The JDA Warehouse Management software upgrade was seamless to Matson’s customers and the new WMS was managing the operation’s full volume within 24 hours of go-live.

“Open Sky Group helps us achieve our focus of driving efficiencies in – and costs out – of supply chain networks for our clients. Through this most recent JDA Warehouse Management software upgrade with Open Sky Group, we’ve achieved significant cost savings in both IT systems and operations, including savings of roughly 30% in maintenance costs. Plus, its approach removes much of the risk and stress out of future upgrades, both for us and our customers, because we no longer have a large number of modifications to work around each upgrade,” says Dan Wadley, VP of Warehousing and Risk Management for Matson Logistics.

The SDCE 100 is an annual list of 100 great supply chain projects. These projects show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success.

“We’ve worked with Matson Logistics for over ten years on supply chain software projects of varying sizes and complexity. Most recently, we used our unique, disciplined agility upgrade approach to enable a rapid implementation so that Matson could achieve a faster return on its software investment. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to help them accomplish and are honored to have that work selected for SDCE 100 Best Supply Chain Projects,” says Darcy Reeves, VP, Marketing for Open Sky Group.

John Yuva, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive, says, “Regardless of company size, these projects are best-in-class examples of the types of efficiencies and bottom-line results that supply chain executives should be striving toward in their own operations. Our 2018 winners for 100 Best Supply Chain Projects provide a roadmap for how to get there.”

About Matson Logistics

A subsidiary of Matson, Inc., Matson Logistics offers customers complete North American freight transportation services with any size, any distance truck haulage and intermodal carriage using all Class I rail networks. The company’s East and West Coast warehouses provide inventory receiving, storage, and distribution, including preparing merchandise to retail-ready requirements and for DtC fulfillment. Its Supply Chain services help importers manage the intricacies of sourcing overseas, from factory orders to final delivery. By combining 3PL services and multimodal transportation with process expertise and digital transformation technology, Matson Logistics speeds customers’ products to market and optimizes their overall value chain.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage.

About Open Sky Group

Open Sky Group is a global specialist offering services for WMS, Labor, and TMS software upgrades and implementations. A gold implementation partner and reseller of JDA Software for Warehouse Management (WMS), Warehouse Labor Management (WLM), and Transportation Management (TMS) software, Open Sky Group strives every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for supply chain solutions.

Darcy Reeves
VP of Marketing
Open Sky Group
919.800.8250

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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.