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Episode 2 - Jason Kole of Kole Imports & Closeouts

Episode 2 - How to Run a Successful Wholesale Business with Jason Kole of Kole Imports & Closeouts

Release Date: October 1, 2019

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We sit down with Jason Kole, the V.P. of Operations for Kole Imports & Closeouts, one of the more successful importers and resellers of wholesale merchandise in the industry.

We spend some time with Jason diving in to how he and the leadership team run the company, how they set goals and achieve them, and how they went from 4 in-house IT staff to 1 - all while significantly increasing their efficiency and profitability. He gets into some pretty great detail about their move from a custom, legacy ERP system to NetSuite and what a change like this does to a business. He also gets into some great personal lessons learned over the years.

Whether you're a manufacturer, distributor, or have a service business - there are some great nuggets in here that would help anyone running a business.

Here are some of the highlights:

[02:30] Background on Kole Imports & Closeouts
[09:30] Adding B2C to a B2B business model
[13:30] Adding "Closeouts" to the Kole Imports name and rebranding
[19:30] Jason's role in running Kole Imports & Closeouts
[23:00]  Impact of tariffs on the business
[26:30] Initiatives needed to double revenue in 5 years while reducing headcount
[30:00] The story behind going from 4 inhouse IT staff to 1 successfully
[38:00] Moving from a legacy ERP system to NetSuite
[51:00] Words of Wisdom - "focus on what you do best"
[53:00] Jason's thoughts on cybersecurity
[1:00:00] Transitioning leadership in a family owned business
[1:05:00] Jason's thoughts on joining a peer group
[1:09:00] What Jason would tell his younger self




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