Open Sky Supports Growth of Ditzfeld Transfer Through Warehouse Management System Projects Including Label and Document Compliance and Pallet Building

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Open Sky and Ditzfeld Transfer are pleased to announce successful completion of Warehouse Management System (WMS) software projects, including Label and Document Compliance and Pallet Building. The two projects enabled Ditzfeld to work around a current version of WMS and delay an upgrade until it made more sense for the business. 2012 marks the sixth year of Open Sky and Ditzfeld working together on enterprise application projects.

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...and we have a solid and continuous history of growth we’ve been able to sustain that we tie directly back to Open Sky’s support of our systems.”

Open Sky (, an independent consulting company specializing in engineering, implementation and maintenance of Supply Chain Execution Systems and Ditzfeld Transfer (Ditzfeld), a leading Midwest transportation, distribution and warehouse provider, are pleased to announce that 2012 is their sixth year of working together in support of Ditzfeld’s enterprise applications. Open Sky has helped Ditzfeld meet many of its software customization and support needs for Prophesy Dispatch and RedPrairie® WMS. The relationship has become much more strategic over time and this year included two significant projects in pallet building and compliance.

Open Sky helped Ditzfeld implement a highly efficient pallet building process which allows Ditzfeld’s clients to send accurate EDI shipment confirmations to their customers, helping them stay in compliance with large retailers like Home Depot® and Lowe’s®. Although the WMS version did not support Pallet Building, Open Sky was able to extend the existing version to meet Ditzfeld’s needs without incurring the costs or delay usually associated with an upgrade. Another area where Open Sky was able to provide future functionality to this older WMS release was in creating a document compliance engine that simplified the process of changing label and document types associated with Ditzfeld’s end customers. This dynamic compliant rules system allows Ditzfeld to quickly react to changes in carrier routing guidelines via configuration, not programming.

Steve Ditzfeld is VP of Warehousing for Ditzfeld Transfer and is responsible for all warehousing operations across more than 1M square feet of warehouses in and around the Sedalia, MO area. “Our customers and prospects demand that our company offer the same level of technology as the bigger players. With Open Sky on our side, we’ve never been worried about how we will solve technology challenges - they always come through for us. We can’t say enough good things about the accessibility and knowledge of Open Sky’s personnel or their rapid response - and we have a solid and continuous history of growth we’ve been able to sustain that we tie directly back to Open Sky’s support of our systems.”

Curt Sardeson, Managing Principal of Open Sky says, “Ditzfeld was one of Open Sky’s first clients and we’ve gotten to know their business, customers and employees very well, which has helped us to grow beyond just problem solving issue-by-issue and into a more strategic approach. We’re proud of Ditzfeld’s growth and openness to new ideas and technology which has made this regional 3PL highly competitive. We look forward to many more years of working with Ditzfeld Transfer to continue to exceed their customers’ expectations.”

Ditzfeld Transfer ( has grown into one of the Midwest’s leading transportation, warehouse and distribution service providers and has been family owned and operated since 1960 when the business was started by John and Bernice Ditzfeld. The company began with one truck and has grown to over fifty with 145 trailers across 48 states and all provinces in Canada. Warehousing was added in the early 1990’s and has grown from 10,000 square feet to over 1M. Ditzfeld Transfer serves customers in the retail, medical records, automotive aftermarket and finished goods industries.

Open Sky ( specializes in consulting services for warehouse, transportation and labor management systems. With three practices of highly experienced consultants, we strive every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for implementing Supply Chain solutions. Open Sky Practices include Engineering, Implementation & Integration, and Technical & Support Services.

The Open Sky Group, LLC is an independent company providing consulting services for RedPrairie® Supply Chain Software Solutions and is not affiliated with or endorsed by RedPrairie Corporation. RedPrairie® is a registered trademark of RedPrairie Corporation.


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