Money 'Utter chaos' at Woolworths stores across Australia after IT glitch

15:16  16 april  2018
15:16  16 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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Check-outs temporarily shut down at dozens of Woolworths stores across the nation due to a major technical outage this afternoon.

The supermarket giant has taken to Twitter to confirm the IT issue has been resolved.

"The registers are now back online at all our stores," Woolworths tweeted just after 4.52pm.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers."

The outage affected numerous Woolworths stores across Australia, including the Malvern Central outlet in Melbourne (pictured). © 9news The outage affected numerous Woolworths stores across Australia, including the Malvern Central outlet in Melbourne (pictured).

9NEWS understands the issue may have been triggered by a corruption of the supermarket's database, with the system unable to restore backups.

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Despite the outage only lasting an hour, thousands of customers took to social media to report the issue; #Woolworths became a trending topic on Twitter in Australia, with more than 2000 tweets about the glitch.

a close up of a sign: A technical outage in Woolworths stores across the country left staff unable to process transactions, forcing shoppers to abandon their trolleys. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd A technical outage in Woolworths stores across the country left staff unable to process transactions, forcing shoppers to abandon their trolleys.

During the outage, many customers were forced to dump their shopping in the aisles, and told to wait outside stores until the problem was resolved.

"Shoppers have been told to leave groceries in baskets," one customer from Brisbane wrote on Twitter.

Another Wooolies customer from the Melbourne suburb of Malvern accompanied a snap of a lengthy queue of shoppers with the caption, "unable to process any transactions."

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Growth in electronic spending in Australia moderated in March, according to the Commonwealth Bank's Business Sales Indicator (BSI). Economy-wide sales rose 0.7%, continuing to moderate from the levels seen earlier this year.

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