Woolworths shuts doors across the country due to IT outage

Jeannie Matthews
April 16, 2018

Signs were put up at a number of Woolworths stores apologising for the problem.

"They've told everyone just to leave their food and leave the store". Many have left full trolleys behind.

Stores temporarily closed in response to the outage.

Customers were asked to leave many stores after the registers failed to function.

"It was really frustrating". At Haymarket in Sydney, customers were told to return in "an hour", according to one tweet for ABC journalist Michael Janda.

Shoppers were this afternoon briefly unable to make purchases at Woolworths supermarkets after its point-of-sale system was rendered unusable.

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

"The registers are now coming back online in our stores. We apologise for any inconvenience caused".

Seven News in Adelaide is reporting that some customers at a Woolworths store in Adelaide's west got their groceries for free after the nationwide outage.

It's the busiest time of the day for Woolworths, but stores around the country shut their doors on Monday afternoon after a nationwide technical issue completely halted sales.

Shortly after 4pm, the issue began affecting all registers across the country.

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