Makita® Chooses Open Sky Group to Upgrade its JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management Footprint

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Makita® selected Open Sky Group to manage the upgrade of JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management to the newest versions at four US-based distribution centers. The project also involves process improvement, training and multiple integrations for ERP and parcel.

Open Sky Group, Gold Reseller of JDA Software
Leveraging JDA's partner network to find a solution provider with the right skills and experience with the software was the next logical step...we chose Open Sky Group..."

Open Sky Group today announces that Makita® USA, Inc. (Makita), a global manufacturer of industrial power tools, pneumatics and power equipment, selected Open Sky Group to manage the upgrade of JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management to the newest versions at four US-based distribution centers. Open Sky Group, a global specialist in JDA software solutions, offers a unique, disciplined agility upgrade approach that enables rapid implementation for a faster return on investment. The upgrade project also involves process improvement, training and multiple integrations to Makita’s ERP, JDA Parcel Handler and Logistyx, a multi-carrier parcel management solution.

Makita® had been running JDA solutions for nearly ten years and wanted to take advantage of new functionality, enhanced configurability, web-based interface and real-time dashboards available in the newest versions of JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management. Open Sky Group will work with Makita to roll out the supply chain software upgrades beginning with a facility in Georgia and continuing across California, Illinois and Texas.

“The upgrade isn’t only an opportunity to benefit from faster and better technologies from JDA, it’s also an opportunity for us to improve our processes and reconfigure the architecture while extending the value we get from our solution investments and ensuring continuity. We like the revisioned, intuitive, user experience in the newest versions of JDA Warehouse Management and we’re looking forward to the increased visibility through the dashboards and reporting with JDA Warehouse Labor Management,” explains Gerald McElwee, Director of IT for Makita.

“Leveraging JDA’s partner network to find a solution provider with the right skills and experience with the newest versions was the next logical step,” continued McElwee. “We chose Open Sky Group as our upgrade partner because of their extensive experience with the newest versions of JDA software, strong technical expertise and rapid upgrade methodology.”

Jason Yantiss, VP of Client Services, Open Sky Group, says, “The newest versions of JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management provide more flexibility through configurable workflows and personalization capabilities, allowing us to accommodate some of Makita’s unique processes without modifying the software. Our low-mods approach and thorough knowledge of the newest versions’ capabilities is also driving a large maintenance cost-savings for our clients through fewer modifications.”

Open Sky Group’s methodology of disciplined agility and rapid implementation spurred the ability to deliver 44 full implementations in 2017, 25 of which were upgrades to JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management. As a gold-level JDA implementation partner, Open Sky Group is committed to gaining expertise in the newest versions of JDA software, ensuring a better fit, smoother upgrades and implementations and fewer modifications to the software for Makita and all of its clients.

Additional Resources:
Download "How to Prepare for a JDA WMS Upgrade"
Discover more about Open Sky Group’s 44 full WMS and Labor implementations in 2017
Learn about the benefits of working with an Early Adopter Systems Integrator

ABOUT MAKITA
Makita® is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial power tools, pneumatics and power equipment, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita® U.S.A., Inc. is located in Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network throughout the U.S. Call 800/4-MAKITA or visit makitatools.com.

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.

Contact:
Darcy Reeves
darcy.reeves(at)openskygroup(dot)com
VP of Marketing
https://www.openskygroup.com
919.800.8250

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