Salvation Army to trial new donation bank monitoring technology in bid to improve collection
Salvation Army Trading Company manages a huge network of charity textile banks across the UK collecting thousands of tonnes of donated items per year. Donated clothing and textiles generate income to help The Salvation Army run a huge variety of programmes to support the most vulnerable people in communities across the UK.
Using FarSite’s innovative fill level monitoring technology, Salvation Army Trading Company aims to reduce collection costs, enabling the organisation to process donations from the public with improved efficiency. Implementing this technology could generate even more income for the charity.
From June 2016 104 Salvation Army textile banks in the East Midlands were fitted with netBin sensors to monitor fill levels giving crucial insight into the filling patterns and general behaviour of donors. This information will primarily allow the textile banks to be emptied in the most efficient way possible therefore reducing collection costs and risks of overflowing.
As one of the largest collectors of donated clothing in the UK we are constantly seeking ways of improving the efficiency of our operations. The ability to get accurate fill levels on a timely basis would be a real step forward in the planning and emptying of our network of over 6000 clothing banks and this exciting trial with FarSite will help us learn just how big this step can be.
Brett Simpson- Head of Development
About Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd
Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd is the trading arm of The Salvation Army in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Encouraging reuse and recycling, it operates a network of charity shops and a clothing collection division. With the support of the British public, Salvation Army Trading Company has donated millions of pounds to The Salvation Army to help its work with vulnerable people in the UK (over £35 million has been donated in the last five years – 2010 to 2015). Salvation Army Trading Company is a registered company (2605817).
The Salvation Army is a church and charity dedicated to caring for people who are vulnerable or in need in every community. The Salvation Army works in 127 countries offering compassionate support and practical help. In the UK and Republic of Ireland this work includes more than 800 community churches and social centres. www.salvationarmy.org.uk. The Salvation Army registered charity numbers 214779, 215174 and in Scotland SC009359, SC037691.
About FarSite Communications Ltd
FarSite is involved in the development and production of a wide variety of data communication products and services in the business sector. These products include M2M / IoT products, Gateways and BER Line Testers, supplied through a global network of distributors, with products supplied to over 100 countries.
The company is based in Basingstoke UK and Shenzhen China with export sales to a highly prestigious international client list. These include some of the world’s leading names in the banking, government, aerospace, military, 3G and retail communications sectors.
FarSite is a past winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade category and Inspire12 Exporter of the Year award.