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Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On GMEX: A Metals Marketplace On The Rackspace Managed Cloud

Global Material Exchange, known in the industry as GMEX, offers an online marketplace for industrial metal buyers and sellers to connect in real time.

The startup aims to save companies time and money by delivering intuitive and innovative software for an effectively managed supply chain in the metals industry.

Bottom line: GMEX, a Rackspace Startup Program member, automates supply chain for industrial metal buyers and sellers. And it does so across a host of industries including aerospace, oil and gas, mining and minerals, heavy machinery and construction.

“GMEX was conceived in Houston, Texas as a solution due to the industry’s frustrations of purchasing industrial metal for some of the largest oil and gas equipment manufacturers,” explains GNEX CEO Jeremy Chapman.

GMEX’s goal is to develop a community that fosters interaction between parties buying and selling materials within a trusted marketplace. GMEX’s search engine comprises sellers from around the world to offer an efficient and effective way to search and buy metals with no middlemen or commissions.

GMEX – Global Material Exchange from GMEX on Vimeo.

In addition to the marketplace, GMEX offers industry news, conversion calculators, a service center locator and a learning center for those who want to expand their industry knowledge and save time, money and manpower.

Chapman says the Rackspace Startup Program has helped GMEX by allowing its technical team to experiment with different servers, applications and processing power.

“Before Rackspace, we were using a shared-hosting solution that was not meeting our needs,” Chapman says. “We needed to have root access to configure applications and key files to control our environments. The Rackspace Startup Program allowed us to do everything we needed while testing multiple environments to reach optimal efficiency.”

Chapman adds that Rackspace’s Managed Cloud enables GMEX to focus on its business, not its infrastructure.

“We chose Rackspace because of the low learning curve when compared to AWS, the dashboard makes it easy to manage our servers, CDN, backups and server alerts,” Chapman says. “The Managed Cloud Servers have been there for us when we needed quick advice or help to fix, install or maintain our supported server applications and configurations.”

GMEX boasts a dedicated team of highly skilled professionals, state of the art data-management technology, independent perspective and total commitment to providing its customers with superb service. The company aims the best resource through which distributors can acquire new customers, buyers can source their materials more efficiently and the metal industry can build a cohesive, lifelong relationship.

“GMEX continues to grow our customer base and capture market share throughout the metals industry,” says Chapman.

The Rackspace Startup Program was there to help Global Material Exchange (GMEX) bring its industrial metal services to market. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by John McKenna.

John McKenna loves startups and is a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafts customer stories and produces really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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