Experts in Global Sourcing
MatchMakers Global Sourcing (MMGS) was formed by four industry veterans to offer clients many years of experience navigating the challenges and pitfalls of sourcing in locations around the world. Our team has over 80 years of experience in sourcing as well as product development, merchandising, and branding. Our experience in these related areas allows us to be a true partner in developing, producing, and marketing your products.
MMGS will take the worry out of your sourcing by not only handling the daily logistics but also keeping you informed every step of the way. You can be confident that you are getting a fair deal because you will see all FOB costs and invoices direct from the factory. We provide continual updates for each stage of product development and production, complete and thorough on site inspection by experienced and trusted inspectors, and introduction to custom brokerage and shipping firms if needed.
Gary Keeth is no stranger to the sourcing game. Prior to founding MMGS LLC, he founded Pacific Apparel Resources (PAR) along with his then partner/wife in 1989. The business still exists to this day, but the name changed to Pacific Apparel eXchange (PAX) in the mid 90's. Over the years, the client base included many well known companies and their brands, FedEx, Reebok, Nike, MGM/Mirage, the NFL, MLB, and NBA, to name just a few. Taking over the sourcing management of the FedEx uniform program and moving it to Asia was quite an accomplishment.
Gary made his first trip to Asia in the 70's. He still works with many of the original contacts he made in those early days.
He is also long on experience in branding and licensing through experiences with Madman Shirt company, Union Bay Sportswear, and Bench Co. LTD, which later morphed into Cutter & Buck. He is also a Founder/Partner in Rainmaker$, a brand building and licensing agency based in LA.
Prior to founding Matchmakers Global Sourcing LLC Doug Spent many years in the promotional products field with a company he co-founded called The Oneal Group Inc. With The Oneal Group Doug was responsible for creating promotional packages for a wide variety of clients that included branded promotional products and branded corporate apparel, a lot of which was sourced internationally. Prior to that Doug was VP of account management for a full service advertising agency called Continuum. Doug was in charge of coordinating all aspects of creating an ad campaign. He was also very deeply involved in product development and marketing strategy for many retail and wholesale based clients.
Over the course of his career Doug has amassed a lot of knowledge and experience in many different areas of marketing and sales, including all forms of media advertising, product development, product introduction, and sourcing.
Founding Partner, Finance/Administration
The partners in Matchmakers Global Sourcing refer to Daphne as our "Secret Weapon"! Here is why, Daphne was born in Taipei, Taiwan. However, she has lived half of her life in Southern California. She and her family have many business relationships throughout Asia and the USA. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English. More importantly, she understands both cultures. She also grasps the generational differences in China which is also very important. MMGS does the dirty work, WE MAKE FACTORY VISITS! This simple fact makes Daphne even more of an impact player in our agency.
Daphne also manages the Administration & Financial operations of MMGS. She is based in Los Angeles and is available to everyone.
What We Do
MMGS is truly a “Global Sourcing Agency” with long standing connections all around the world and in just about every product category. MMGS was built to take all the guesswork and the many hazards out of the sourcing process, ensuring better quality, and most importantly reducing risk. MMGS has a combined 80+ years of experience in global sourcing and relationships.
- Selecting the most qualified and dependable factories for your unique needs.
- Total transparency of FOB costs, you see all invoices and paperwork direct from the factory.
- Constant oversight from samples and pricing to delivery of final product.
- Providing constant updates for each stage of product development and production.
- Providing a PRE-PRODUCTION sample that allows you to sign off before production begins.
- Complete and thorough on site inspection by experienced and trusted inspectors.
- Introduction to custom brokerage firms and custom warehouse/shipping firms.
The partners of MMGS are uniquely qualified to handle the many aspects of product development, from inception, to final sale, and the many steps in between.
- Assistance with formulating product specifications and tech packs.
- Development of packaging, labels, retail presence, and more.
- Color standards and approvals.
- Shipping standards for production.
- Sample development of new products.
- Consultation with sales and distribution issues.
Merchandising is a special talent! It takes an open mind and experience in multiple areas. At the very core of this, the individual who manages this process must be a MERCHANT. MMGS has the talent and experience to partner with its clients to effectively create, institute, and manage a successful merchandising program.
- Assistance in line building and product assortment planning.
- Competitive product and price point research and review.
- Prepare and implement a 12 month Merchandise Planning calendar.
- Network with similar product lines and the factories that supply them.
Sourcing, product development, and merchandising are always moving targets. MMGS can offer targeted expertise in a variety of ways, whenever the need arises.
- Planning and preparation for product sourcing, and negotiating
- Scheduling for import development, production, and shipment
- Merchandising and product assortment
- Market research, review, and comparisons
- Any additional required consultative services
The MatchMakers Difference
Sourcing anywhere around the globe can be a scary and uncomfortable process. We protect your investment by relying on tried and true factories and thoroughly qualifying new factories. We also offer complete and thorough on site inspection by experienced and trusted inspectors, and provide constant oversight from samples and pricing to delivery of the final product.
We bring the experience necessary to protect you from the pitfalls and risks inherent in global sourcing. Our team has over 80 years of experience in sourcing as well as product development, merchandising, and branding. This experience in allows us to become a true partner in developing, producing, and marketing your products.
Let us worry about ensuring your product arrives on time and as expected. You focus on growing your business. Our ability to work consistently with trusted high quality factories, our policy to send in only the best and most trusted inspectors, and our constant monitoring, including personal visits, provides the assurance that the product you receive will be exactly as specified with each and every product.
MMGS insists on total transparency of FOB costs. You see all invoices and paperwork direct from the factory. All dealings with factories will be totally open to you, with ongoing updates delivered through email, fax, and conference calls. We strive to make sure you have no doubts as to what is happening with the manufacturing of your products. All four MMGS partners are available 24/7 to address any concerns or questions.