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Strategies for greener logistics in the charity sector

Strategies for greener logistics in the charity sector
Strategies for greener logistics in the charity sector
Charities work throughout the world to raise money for a variety of good causes. Within the UK, the sale of donated used goods is a major stream of revenue for charities. Charities use a range of different logistical methods to collect donations that can run at considerable cost. This study has identified a range of different ways in which charities could change the way in which they operate to find cost, time and environmental savings and maximise use of their assets. One way in which charities can make the most of their existing assets is through improved placement of their donation banks. Of real interest is the impact that bank placement (with respect to the characteristics of the local population) has on stock yield and quality, and what relationships can be derived to realise a more informed bank location and servicing strategy. Donation banks were shown to yield greater amounts during the summer months, and proximity to services such as schools was also found to have a positive effect on donation yields. Areas with an average population age of late 40’s and of high affluence were found to yield the best quality donations. Charities can find cost savings by rethinking the ways that they collect, transport, process and distribute donated goods. The efficiency of localised collection strategy against centralised collection strategy has been studied. Existing routes used by the case study charity have been audited and subsequently optimised. Potential savings were found through increasing the number of shop serviced banks rather than servicing through centralised collection, although requiring a larger fleet of vehicles. The use of ICT technology has been considered in further improving charity logistical strategy. Remote monitoring technology can help to quantify donation collection routes, assist in reducing wasted journeys to donation banks and uncover the magnitude of donation bank textile theft. The developed Smartphone App has shown that it can help to promote collaboration and dynamism within the charity logistics supply chain. A cultural shift in the way that profits are measured will be necessary to see real collaboration between shops.
Norton, Benjamin
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Norton, Benjamin
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Cherrett, Thomas
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(2015) Strategies for greener logistics in the charity sector. University of Southampton, Engineering and the Environment, Doctoral Thesis, 329pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

Charities work throughout the world to raise money for a variety of good causes. Within the UK, the sale of donated used goods is a major stream of revenue for charities. Charities use a range of different logistical methods to collect donations that can run at considerable cost. This study has identified a range of different ways in which charities could change the way in which they operate to find cost, time and environmental savings and maximise use of their assets. One way in which charities can make the most of their existing assets is through improved placement of their donation banks. Of real interest is the impact that bank placement (with respect to the characteristics of the local population) has on stock yield and quality, and what relationships can be derived to realise a more informed bank location and servicing strategy. Donation banks were shown to yield greater amounts during the summer months, and proximity to services such as schools was also found to have a positive effect on donation yields. Areas with an average population age of late 40’s and of high affluence were found to yield the best quality donations. Charities can find cost savings by rethinking the ways that they collect, transport, process and distribute donated goods. The efficiency of localised collection strategy against centralised collection strategy has been studied. Existing routes used by the case study charity have been audited and subsequently optimised. Potential savings were found through increasing the number of shop serviced banks rather than servicing through centralised collection, although requiring a larger fleet of vehicles. The use of ICT technology has been considered in further improving charity logistical strategy. Remote monitoring technology can help to quantify donation collection routes, assist in reducing wasted journeys to donation banks and uncover the magnitude of donation bank textile theft. The developed Smartphone App has shown that it can help to promote collaboration and dynamism within the charity logistics supply chain. A cultural shift in the way that profits are measured will be necessary to see real collaboration between shops.

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Published date: December 2015
Organisations: University of Southampton, Transportation Group

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Local EPrints ID: 388074
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/388074
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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 19:40

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Author: Benjamin Norton
Thesis advisor: Thomas Cherrett

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