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Open Sky Group Named a 2020 Great Supply Chain Partner



Open Sky Group Named a 2020 Great Supply Chain Partner

Open Sky Group Named SupplyChainBrain’s 2020 to “100 Great Supply Chain Partners”

Nominated by Clients like SmithFoods, for Knowledge and Dedication to Customer Success

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 18, 2020) – Open Sky Group is pleased to announce that it was named to the “100 Great Supply Chain Partners” for 2020 by SupplyChainBrain, the world’s most influential supply chain management information resource. The listing marks the eighth consecutive year Open Sky Group was included on the list. Recipients of the honor are chosen for providing outstanding solutions and services, based on customer nominations of logistics, transportation, technology and supply chain management providers.

This year’s theme focused on “Meeting the Need for Speed,” emphasizing a provider’s ability to flexibly adapt in the face of rapidly accelerating e-commerce developments and ever-changing customer expectations. Candidates had to receive multiple nominations from customers and rank high in such areas as reliability, value, expertise, problem-solving skills and continuous improvement.

Among the customers nominating Open Sky Group, Scott Heldreth, VP of Supply Chain for SmithFoods, stated, “Open Sky Group takes a proactive stance in serving our needs, often anticipating ways to enhance our software and systems based on the close relationship we have with their team. Their teams are extremely responsive and use a streamlined approach to WMS implementations that reduced our implementation timeline. I know they serve many other clients, but they have a way of making us feel like we’re their only one.”

SmithFoods is a privately owned beverage and food manufacturer headquartered in Orrville, Ohio. Processing and distribution facilities are located in Orrville, Richmond, Indiana and Pacific, Missouri. A variety of dairy and plant-based products are marketed nationally and regionally through retail and foodservice channels under private label and SmithFoods owned brands. SmithFoods has been a client of Open Sky Group for Blue Yonder warehouse and labor management solutions since 2019.

“We are humbled once again by this honor,” said Chad Kramlich, CRO for Open Sky Group. “Knowing what it takes to keep the standards high, especially in such a challenging economy, makes a statement about all those named on the list. Our hats go off to everyone who was included. We’re grateful to be part of the 2020 class.”

Open Sky Group, one of the first Blue Yonder WMS accredited partners, is also a gold implementation partner and reseller of Blue Yonder’s warehouse management, labor management, and transportation management solutions. Blue Yonder was also listed on SupplyChainBrain’s “100 Great Supply Chain Partners” for 2020.

SupplyChainBrain has been publishing its list of “100 Great Supply Chain Partners” since 2002. “This year’s field of nominees was competitive and inspiring, coming from all sectors of supply chain management,” said Brad Berger, Publisher of SupplyChainBrain. “Open Sky Group should be proud to be named among the 100 Great!”

SupplyChainBrain’s complete list of recipients was published on August 3, 2020, and can be found on


SmithFoods is a privately owned beverage and food manufactured headquartered in Orrville, Ohio. Processing and distribution facilities are located in Orrville, Richmond, Indiana and Pacific, Missouri. A variety of dairy and plant-based products are marketed nationally and regionally through retail and foodservice channels under private label and SmithFoods owned brands.


SupplyChainBrain is a comprehensive supply chain management information resource and accessed year-round through a wide range of ever-evolving multi-media formats by hundreds of thousands of the world’s most influential supply chain executives. In addition to addressing the fundamental principles of supply-chain management, SupplyChainBrain identifies the latest news, emerging trends, technologies and best practices, forward-thinking ideas, and cutting-edge solutions – and continues to write and report about these as they evolve and mature.


Open Sky Group, global specialists in WMS, Labor and TMS software upgrades and implementations, helps clients lower costs and risks and reduces time to implement with its proprietary methodology and no-modifications approach. A gold implementation partner and reseller of Blue Yonder warehouse, labor and transportation management solutions, Open Sky Group strives every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for supply chain software.

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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.