Woolworths hit with technical outage, checkouts unable to process sales

A nationwide technical outage has shut down Woolworths registers forcing stores to close their doors

A NATIONAL technical outage halted trading at Woolworths stores, causing chaos for shoppers as their trolleys bank up and some stores closed.

"They've told everyone just to leave their food and leave the store".

News Corp Australia counted at least ten abandoned trolleys and baskets in the store.

Woolworths eventually confirmed the outage, apologising for the inconvenience via Twitter.

Tyson Whelan, a journalism student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, said on Twitter a manager in East Doncaster, Victoria, told him "all the registers are out across the state".

"The registers are now back online in all our stores", the company said.

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Woolworths is turning customers away from its stores, following reports the Australian supermarket chain is suffering a nationwide IT outage.

Woolworths is Australia's largest supermarket chain, with close to 1000 stores.

Woolworths stores across the country have had to shut down registers and are unable to make sales.

The supermarket giant has not yet revealed the cause of the outage.

The ABC reached out to Woolworths for comment.

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