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Western Union unveils new money transfer channel in Australia

Western Union unveils new money transfer channel in Australia

Agreement with BP ushers in a digital age of international money transfer

Western Union led Australia’s retail money transfer sector into a new digital age with an agreement with BP Australia.

For the first time in Australia, Western Union services will be enabled through the mobile app in 302 BP stores nationwide (including 150 with digital kiosks), providing customers with a quick, convenient way to conduct international money transfers 24/7.

A new era in digitalisation

Molly Shea, General Manager of Asia Pacific, Western Union, said, “From expatriates sending money for mortgage payments, international students for repaying loans to workers for supporting families back home, consumers today are looking for different options to send money with reliability and ease. Whether it be bank-to-bank, through the web, kiosk, app-to-cash or cash-to-cash, Western Union’s diverse array of channels are well positioned to meet these needs”.

Brooke Miller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BP Australia, said, “This new agreement with Western Union will enable customers to transfer money locally and internationally when it best suits them.”

Benefits of Western Union partnership with BP

• Pay no more than $7 when you start the transaction on Western Union app providing (a) your receiver gets paid in cash (b) you pay by cash or debit card at a participating BP store
• Take advantage of Western Union’s lowest fees when you select ‘pay in cash’ on the app.

• If you pay for your transaction at a participating BP location, you will also receive a free $5 BP gift card to spend in store.
• BP is convenient and offers extended hours, most locations operate 24/7. To find your nearest participating locations, simply refer to Western Union APP or the Western Union agent locator.

Note: Customers are only able to send money from BP stores and not receive money.

Putting customer first

Australians sent money using the Western Union to more than 200 countries and territories in 2016, via digital channels as well as 3,600 Agent locations representing retail stores, travel agencies, forex houses, Australia Post Offices, and pharmacies. With the advantage of Western Union’s ability to exchange money in 130 currencies, global compliance expertise, and the technology to move funds in minutes.

Western Union recently introduced a next-generation Western Union app (wu.com.au), offering senders the choice of using card, bank account or cash to fund their transactions. Recipients can also receive funds in cash, bank account or wallet.

For more information, visit www.westernunion.com

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