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Hannah Kain has come a long way since her teen years in Denmark, exploring politics and getting an early education in how to manage people with open communication amid her country’s non-hierarchical culture. In Silicon Valley in the late 1990s, she formed Advanced Logistic Operations and Manufacturing Technologies, or ALOM, and has been working with clients in a range of industries for 23 years.
Supply-chain management is a discipline that evolved alongside the rise of globalism, and Kain was early to the business.
“I had the crazy idea that you could produce something in just a day or two, and people looked at me funny,” she says.
Now “just in time” processes have become a critical aspect of how huge automakers and worldwide shipping companies operate. Kain was a pioneer, and her company now has nearly 200 employees at its Fremont, California, headquarters, along with 19 global locations and about nearly $100 million in annual revenue. Clients include Tesla, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz.
ALOM combines expertise with technology and nimbleness to manage supply chains in multiple dimensions. “We’ve got physical flow, data flow, and we have money flow,” Kain says. “It can become complex.”
Complexity is ALOM’s calling card. And business has, with the pandemic, become a lot more complicated.
That doesn’t bode well, Kain adds, for major companies. “I’m not in favor of gargantuan businesses,” she says. “They’re going to suffer from not being able to adjust to a new reality.”
Of course if they’re worried, ALOM is there for them. “We’re always trying to figure things out,” Kain says.