WSO2 wins long-term contract with British co-operative Central England Co-operative

WSO2 will provide API management and business integration solutions to Central England Co-operative in 2022 to help the co-operative develop an IT infrastructure that supports its growing community of members and consumers

London – April 21, 2022WSO2, the leader in digital transformation technology, today announced that it has won a major new client, Central England Co-operative (CEC). WSO2 will provide its world-class API management and enterprise integration solutions to CEC, helping the organization set up the technology infrastructure to better support its growing community of members and consumers.

Central England Co-operative is the second largest regional consumer co-operative in the UK out of 16 consumer co-operatives. Formed by the merger of the Midlands and Anglia cooperatives, CEC has over 400 outlets, a family of over 8,000 colleagues and over 250,000 regular business members. Although the organization is independent of the cooperative group, it is part of the larger cooperative movement, working together to provide benefits to its members and customers. CEC trades in 20 counties, from the Midlands to the East Coast, through over 250 food outlets, over 100 funeral homes, petrol stations and florists.

CEC partners with WSO2 to meet its evolving needs for API management, systems integration, and access management in on-premises and cloud deployments. The project, which is due to start in the first half of 2022, will allow CEC to synchronize databases between different locations and create much-needed information, files and reports. CEC selected WSO2, which now serves more than 800 customers in more than 80 countries, based on its advanced technical capabilities and solutions to securely deliver digital APIs, applications and services.

“As multi-market retailers, like CEC, look to embrace digital business models, we’re seeing growing demand for our unique approach to pairing best-in-class API management and integration,” said Ricardo Diniz, VP -President and Managing Director, United Kingdom, Spain and France, WSO2. “We are honored to work with CEC to significantly reduce the skills, time and cost barriers needed to deliver secure new digital services to customers and co-op members.”

“Our goal is to always meet and exceed our members’ needs, and stand up for what they believe in, and our collaboration with WSO2 will allow us to provide better services to our members,” said Adam Testro, Director software engineering, CEC. “We have been impressed with WSO2’s solutions and approach and their role in delivering API management, onboarding and onboarding to a blue chip global customer base, and we are excited to work with the WSO2 team in 2022 and beyond.”

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About WSO2
Founded in 2005, WSO2 empowers thousands of businesses, including hundreds of the world’s largest companies, top universities and governments, to drive their digital transformation journey, executing over 18 trillion transactions and managing more 500 million identities per year. By using WSO2 for API management, onboarding, and customer identity and access management (CIAM), these organizations harness the full power of their APIs to securely deliver their digital services and applications. Our open source, API-first approach to software that runs on-premises and in the cloud helps developers and architects be more productive and quickly compose digital products to meet demand while remaining free from blockages by a supplier. WSO2 has over 900 employees worldwide with offices in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. To visit https://wso2.com to learn more. Follow WSO2 on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About the Central England Co-op
Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent co-operative retail companies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investments. Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers at over 400 business locations in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Its goal is to inspire communities to create a sustainable society for all. He actively campaigns for the government to increase penalties for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create more than 2.1 million meals for people in need. The company embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signatory member of the Race at Work Business in the Community (BITC) charter, while fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and on track to be neutral carbon by 2030 It invests a percentage of its business profits in local communities through its Community Dividend Fund program which has seen over £175,000 distributed among 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op has been named Co-operative of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

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