Western Union (WU) Expands Services in Peru, Boosts Footprint

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The Western Union Company WU has partnered with PlazaVea, Vivanda and Metro Supermarkets to expand its services in Peru. This would enable local clients to send and receive money in an innovative and seamless way.

This move bodes well for Western Union, which has a solid digital arm focusing on improving money transfer services. The expansion of its digital arm is a good means of growing business organically. Its Consumer-to-Consumer segment accounts for 89% of its total revenues, which is expected to increase when more customers from Peru join the WU network, which is present in a large number of regions.

WU’s customers can now send and receive money, pay for services and exchange currency at 10 PlazaVea, Vivanda and Metro supermarket locations. Growing remittances despite unfavorable global factors backed WU’s decision to penetrate new markets, as remittances become crucial for economies.

Western Union has also teamed up with BIM app to launch its new e-wallet service in Peru. This service will provide access to remittances through an app, via which customers can search for remittances, complete the data and confirm the operation, which is secured by a password. The amount received will immediately be available for use in the BIM balance.

Under WU’s recently announced strategy, it aims to improve customer experience by making it easier to send and receive money in less time and deliver it directly to customers’ bank branches. This builds on WU’s history and solid foundation to improve relationships with its customers.

Peru’s high annual remittances offer an attractive market for WU. Therefore, expansion in Peru should reap benefits in the form of an increase in the consideration charged.

Price Performance

Shares of Western Union have lost 21.1% year to date against the industry’s growth of 4%.

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Western Union currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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