Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:43

Woolworths picks HPE GreenLake for Wpay Featured


Woolworths Group will use the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform to power its new Wpay payment as a service business.

Woolworths announced Wpay last month. The idea is to take advantage of Woolworths Group's position as Australia's fifth largest processor of card payments to provide payments services to other businesses.

The move seems to be linked to the proposed separation of Endeavour Group (the drinks business) from the rest of Woolworths.

Wpay provides transaction processing, settlement, POS terminals, reporting and analytics, and supports split tendering for online and in-store payments.

Woolworths Group is a long standing HPE customer, and its existing payments platform already processes nearly 30 million transactions a week.

To enable Wpay's growth, Woolworths Group has chosen HPE GreenLake as a platform.

HPE Aruba (networking), HPE NonStop (servers), HPE Primera (storage), HPE Synergy (software-defined infrastructure), and HPE Pointnext Services will all play a part.

"As Australia and New Zealand's largest retailer, we've been investing in leading-edge payment capabilities to service our retail businesses for many years," said Woolworths general manager of stores and payments IT Angelo Clayton.

"We're pleased to now extend the benefits of our investments to other merchants who may not have the scale to build a payments platform themselves. With HPE, we know we have a reliable and trusted partner to support the growth of our payments platform into the next phase."

HPE ANZ vice president and managing director Stephen Bovis said "We're delighted to continue our existing partnership with Woolworths to provide industry-leading technology and services with HPE GreenLake, which enable the company to enter entirely new markets.

"Woolworths is a terrific example of the end-to-end solutions and support we can offer to businesses across different sectors, to modernise IT operations and open up new avenues for growth."

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