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B.P.M.A goes live with Hytech next generation Post & Go ‘A1’ machine.

The BPMA have announced the successful go-live of the installation  of Machine A1 (Previoulsy seen at Spring Stampex this year ) in the foyer of Freeling House , Phoenix Place, London, WC1.

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The machine was initially  loaded with ‘Xmas Robins’ and Machins. It is expected that the robins will be replaced by the Union Flag in January and then 2nd Class in February.

The overprint in use in both cases is ‘The B.P.M.A.’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hytech Next Generation Text String Decoded

 

 

Post and Go Robins Appear with MA12 security code

Today the Christmas 2012 Re-issue of the Post and Go Robins have started to appear in Post Office Branches.

They have, for the first time for Post and Go stamps, a in-built ‘Security code’ to identify them from the 2010 variant and the future 2013 printing.

 

Google Map showing Post and Go Locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

View Post and Go Locations in the UK in a full screen map.

View Post and Go Locations in the UK in a text list.

 

 

Next generation Hytech Post and Go at Autumn Stampex 2012

For Autumn Stampex 2012 , Royal Mail unveiled its new ‘Hytech V2’ Hytech Post and Go kiosks. These are the culmination of the various trial and tests carried out over the last four shows has resulted in a new design of kiosk that can be deployed to various locations- shows etc. The kiosks were sited at the rear of the hall on the upper level – which did cause some intermittent service problems due to mobile signal strength issues (which these units rely on to authorise card purchases) during the show.


As with the previous four Stampex shows, four Hytech machines were in use. Two reserved  for ‘Self-Service’ use machines- which have now been designated  A1 and A2, were located on the right hand side of the stand. These new ‘V2’ machines are capable of being  loaded with two reels labels of two different designs, which could then be be selected by collectors.

The interior arrangement of the rolls of labels is illustrated in Fig. 3. The third, centre roll of labels produced customer receipts.
At these machines, payments could only be made using a credit card. This arrangement dispenses of the need for complicated cash and change handling within the machine.
Two further machines, designated here as B1 and B2, were located in the back office of the RM stand. Each machine carried only one roll of P&G labels. Those dispensed by these machines were sold over the counter by Royal Mail staff.
During the period of the show, three different label designs were made available — Pigs, Cattle and Flags. The flag design was formally available with the Diamond Jubilee overprint (but see later). The allocation of label designs to the four machines is given in Table 1 below.

A1

A2

B1

B2

 Pigs  Y Y Y Y
 Cattle  Y Y Y Y
 Flags  Y Y Y ?
 Flags with DJ overprint  Y Y Y  Y

The content in machines A1 and A2 changed day to day to give maximum opportunity to customers. The availability of labels is shown in Table 2 below.

A1

A2

Wed 26 Sept

Reel A

F

Reel A

F-DJ

Reel B

P

Reel B

P

Thur 27 Sept

Reel A

F

Reel A

F-DJ

Reel B

P

Reel B

P

Fri 28 Sept

Reel A

C & F

Reel A

F-DJ

Reel B

C

Reel B

C

Sat 29 Sept

Reel A

C

Reel A

F-DJ

Reel B

F

Reel B

C

P = Pigs; C = Cattle;  F = Flags;  DJ = Diamond Jubilee overprint

New Datestamps improve the impression of Post and Go!

It appears that Post Office Ltd have been looking at ways of improving the “customer journey” when a “Certificate of Posting” is required when using the Post and Go machines in a Post Office. In most cases you have to visit the ‘Fastdrop’ counter and have the barcode added (Where required) and  CoP datestamped.  In a move to improve this,  Branch staff in the public area in selected Post Offices  have been issued with ‘Mini’ datestamps so that receipts can be validated quickly and easily without the need to visit the counter.  Uniquely these are inscribed with the Branch name, Stamp Number (1,2,3 etc) and the words ‘Post and Go’ .

So far these have been seen in use  at Clapham Common, Cambridge and High Street, Croydon and in both Circular and Square versions.

 

New Hytech Machines plus Union flag Jubilee Overprint will be available at Autumn Stampex

Royal Mail have confirmed that they have completed their trials of Hytech Self-Service equipment and will now introduce a updated and improved set of Hytech equipment.

The new machines will include for the first time a ‘fixed’ machine identifier which will link to a ‘series type’ for example  the ‘A’ Series will be self-service. This ‘fixed’ identifier will appear on all stamps produced by that machine and will additionally include ‘Location’ as well as the usual Month and Year information.

For Autumn Stampex 2012 , there will be Four Hytech machines in use – two ‘Self Service’ and two ‘Back Office’ versions.

As usual, the current Post and Go issues will be available on the opening of Stampex – Pigs and Union flag . On the Friday of Stampex, The new issue ‘Cattle’ will be introduced.

In addition the ‘Stampex Special’ overprint will be a unique version (only available at this Stampex) of the “Diamond Jubilee” overprint applied to the Union Flag Post and Go stamp.

In summary, the products available have been confirmed as:-

  1. British Farm Animals 2 ~‘Pigs’ Post & Go Stamps.
  1. ‘Union Flag’ Post & Go Stamps with ‘Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012’ overprint.
  1. ‘Union Flag ‘Post & Go.
  1. British Farm Animal 3~’Cattle’ Post & Go Stamps. (Available from 28th September).

These will be available in six values: –

  • 1st Class                              £0.60
  • 1st Class Large                    £0.90
  • Europe up to 20g                 £0.87
  • Worldwide up to 10g             £0.87
  • Worldwide up to 20g             £1.28
  • Worldwide up to 40g             £1.90

Which can be vended in singles or multiples as required.

They will also be able to dispensed in

‘Collectors’ Strips:- 1 of each value                       £6.42

 

New Post and Go Branch opens its doors in Dorset

On June 30th the Post Office branch in Dorchester, Dorset has been updated with a new Post and Go machine.

The branch details are:-

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200518, Dorchester Post Office, Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1DH

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An updated full list of all the Post and Go branches is here :-

Full list of Post and Go Branches

There are currently 239 Post and Go machines in 148 publicly accessable  branches- Collect the set !

 

British Farm Animals -Series 2- Pigs – 24th April 2012

The second in the series of Post & Go stamps featuring British Farmyard animals will be issued on the 24th April 2012.

There will be available in the usual Post Office outlets – but grab them quickly as the price will rise on 3oth April.

As well as the Post Office Wincor machines – Hytech in the Netherlands have again overprinted the stock that is used for the ‘Pack’ format containing 6 x 1st Class stamps- however we will have to wait until Autumn Stampex before other Hytech formats are available.

 

Two Olympic Post Offices to open- But will we be able to Post & Go?

  Two Post Office new branches will open in the Athletes Village Plaza and Main Press Centre in Stratford’s Olympic Park.

As well as offering a range of Post Office services, they will offer customers the chance to view the heritage of the London Olympic Games. There will be displays of stamps issued for the 1948 Games, plus the 30 stamps created to celebrate the 30th Olympic Paralympic Games.

The services available include first and second class mail for letters and packets, international mail for letters and small packets, Post Office card accounts, international money transfer via MoneyGram

There will be a chance to buy Royal Mail Smiler postage stamps, personalised with a photo in a special, limited edition souvenir pack commemorating the Games, plus a small collection of mail products and other souvenirs.

Royal Mail will also issue a stamp after each Team GB gold medal, depicting each winner. These will also be for sale across 5,000 different Post Office branches.

The new branches will be open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm through the Games, expecting to serve more than 30,000 people.

My Question is- Will they have any Self Service/Post and Go machines available? Will non-ticket holders/athletes  be able to purchase these items?