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94th Philatelic Congress of Great Britain -Queen’s Hotel, Perth- Update

 

 

Once the Perth Exhibition at the Dewers Centre, Perth had closed its doors the Hytech Next Generation ‘Twins’, machines A1 and A2 were moved to the foyer of the Queen’s Hotel, Perth.

The Overprint applied to the Union Flag and Machin head stamps did not change- but the receipt was updated to reflect the new location.

 

It is understood that there are significantly fewer stamps and strips produced with this receipt and it is set to be a rarity to those collecting the current ‘overprinted’ range of post and go stamps.

 

 

Next Generation Post and Go goes to Scotland

Royal Mails ‘Next Generation’ Post & Go kiosks Numbers A1 and A2, which previously made their debut at Stampex in October, today commenced their tour and were in operation at  the first day of the Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies’ National Exhibition in 2012 in Perth, Scotland.

Both machines (A1 and A2) were configured to dispense both ‘Union flag’ and ‘Machin Head’ post and go stamps with a unique overprint:-

PERTH 2012

19-22 OCTOBER

No back office facilities ere available for pre or bulk order- the stamps are not available from Royal Mail via Mail Order – the only way of obtaining these stamps was to attend the show.

The data string has been updated to ‘AOGB A1-000001-01’  – The ‘O’ representing October .

 


 

 

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

 

Latest Post and Go Network Updates

At Birmingham ten machines have been reduced to nine Machine no.1 has been removed and machine no.9 moved into its place.

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At Cambridge as part of the program to upgrade branches by adding more Post & Go kiosks a third kiosk has been added .

This kiosk has incorrectly been configured with the ‘old’ Branch Code of 007113 and the old postal address of 9-11 St.Andrew Street.

The next branch to have additional kiosks is Old Street when two will be added in next few weeks.

 

 

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 !

 

Inverted Overprint at Ludgate Circus

An incorrectly re-wound part roll of Machin Head faststamps has given rise to a spectacular ‘Inverted Head’ error at the self-service facility at Ludgate Circus (Tudor street) .

 

 

 

Fly the Flag with Post and Go -Updated background and design

On 21st May 2012, Royal Mail are due to issue an updated Post and Go stamp version of the Union Flag stamp originally issued in 2001  in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

This will be available from Royal Mail in the usual ‘Pack’ format (at a bargain face value of 60p) as well as from the numerous Post and Go branches throughout the UK.

The Pack version and those applied to Royal Mail serviced First Day Covers have once again have had the text printed by Hytech in Holland.

Note:- Royal Mail have changed the background for this issue – to a much darker blue colour to improve the appearance of the printed stamps.