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Volvo 'vBay' concept raises $32K for Salvation Army

February 04, 2013
  • One of Volvo Group Hagerstown Sites Operational Development teams raised $32,000 for The Salvation Army in Hagerstown. Team members, front to back, are Kim Draper, Kathy Miller, Melanie Hollinger and John Saunders. In the middle, wearing a tie, is Maj. Robert D. Lyle of The Salvation Army.
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One of Volvo Group Hagerstown Site’s more than 100 Operational Development teams had an idea that raised $32,000 for The Salvation Army. 

On Jan. 25, team members toured The Salvation Army facility to see for themselves how donations have been used and are being allocated to an existing vital project. 

The idea is known by the site’s 1,400 employees as “vBay.”

“It started in late 2011, when we assessed the collection of items and memorabilia in sitewide storage spaces and closets from the last 50 years and developed a plan using the Operational Development program as our platform,” team member Melanie Hollinger said in a news release.

 Volvo Group employees follow a Volvo Production System methodology called 5S, one step of which is to identify items that are excess, obsolete or waste. The vBay platform gives employees the opportunity to bid on those items.

When there are no bids, representatives from The Salvation Army pick up the items for use or sale.

The current team of four continues the weekly posting of items and collection of bids. Meanwhile, there are existing renovations and 5S initiatives resulting in an abundance of items, and leadership at the Volvo Group site anticipates holding a public auction to benefit area nonprofits.

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