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Thursday, 03 December 2020 10:46

Salvation Army deploys Coupa platform to help with cost control amid increased relief demands


The Salvation Army Australia has deployed technology from global software and spend management company Coupa to help manage its resources cost-effectively and for greater effect in undertaking its humanitarian work.

With the increased need to make donations go further, due to the impact of COVID-19, the Salvation Army says it knew it must invest in technology that provides the “visibility, control, and savings required to support people in need”.

“Every $125 of savings allows us to provide one night of emergency accommodation and support for one person, said Ian Girvan, general manager of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at The Salvation Army Australia Territory.

“COVID-19 has increased the urgency for us to focus on cost containment and driving efficiencies across our organisation, and to do that we knew we needed a strong technology partner.

“Coupa’s easy-to-use platform will ensure quick adoption across our employees so more of our personnel and financial resources can support our frontline mission efforts.

The Salvation Army has always been extremely careful in how its funds are allocated, and COVID-19 has heightened the need for additional visibility and control over its spend as it looks to offer more aid with less resources.

In the short term, Coupa will help digitise the organisations expense processes ensuring the right level of visibility and control of its spend.

“The global pandemic has created a growing population of people in need who require the critical support and resources made available by relief organisations such as The Salvation Army, said Stuart ONeill, managing director in APAC at Coupa.

“It is an honor to support such a trusted brand in its efforts to respond to the increased needs of the community they serve. We want every organisation to spend smarter, and when peoples health and safety are the beneficiary, were proud to support in any way we can.”

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