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?

So what was available from Spring Stampex 2012?

  I have had many messages regarding what was available from Spring Stampex 2012. Certainly the Royal Mail stand appeared to be doing a brisk trade in Postage Labels from the now ‘standard’ configuration of two self-service machines  (Back in their ‘February’ configuration of  Nos.21 and 22) and two ‘back office’ machines (Nos 23 and 24).

Wednesday started off with the left hand self service  machine (No. 21) dispensing the ‘Diamond Jubilee’ overprint – and this continued until the close of the show uninterrupted.  This was mirrored in the back office by machine (No.23) for the first day of the show.

The right hand self-service machine (No.22)  was fitted with ‘Birds 4 ‘ stamps (as the current issue) until Friday where it was (as the first day of issue) replaced by the new ‘Farm Animals- series 1 – Sheep’ stamps.

Things in the back office where slightly different as due to the large demand for the Sheep stamps both back office machines had to be brought into service to print these and so the overprint was temporarily  removed from machine No. 22 and used for ‘Collectors strips’ on Friday and Saturday. (It was re-introduced for a time on Friday and then removed again on Saturday)

Therefore Sheep stamps exist from machines 22, 23 and 24.

Diamond Jubilee stamps exist from machines 21 and 23 only

Birds 4 stamps exist from machines 22 and 24 only.

The back office machines produced collectors sets of 36 (6 x 6 ) or collectors strips of 6 for the Birds and Sheep issue or collectors strips of 6 for the Diamond Jubilee overprint.

The self service machines had been modified to prevent ‘pulling’ by some collectors/dealers to manufacture their own ‘varieties’- this appeared to be successful and although the odd ‘hiccup’ was noted where misprints did occur- those that did were ‘real’ !

Any questions ? As usual -please contact me at postagelabelsuk@gmx.com

 Mach

Wed

22nd Feb 2012

Thu

23rd Feb 2012

Fri

24th Feb 2012

Sat

25th Feb 2012

21

Machin

Machin

Machin

Machin

22

Birds 4

Birds 4

Sheep

Sheep

23

Machin

Machin + Sheep

Machin

Machin + Sheep

24

Birds 4

Sheep

Sheep

Sheep

Sheep stamps were printed in advance of First Day to ensure dealers pre-orders

were ready on first day- in these cases the receipts will show the FDOI.

 

 

Post and Go joins in Queens Jubilee celebrations with Spring Stampex exclusive overprint

Following on from the success of the  exclusive Autumn Stampex 2010 ‘Arnold Machin’ faststamp overprint, Royal Mail have today announced that a further Stampex-only overprint will be available at Spring Stampex 2012.

This time the overprint will read ‘Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012’ and will be available throughout Stampex from both the self-service and over-the-counter Hytech machines.

The ‘Diamond Jubilee’ overprint will be combined with Farm Animal (Sheep) offerings, in a similar way to the Autumn 2011 Stampex.

 

No more Gravure? -Post & Go Sheep sets and FDC stamps printed by Hytech.

Pictorial Faststamps: Sheep – 24 February 2012

We all know that the next set of Post and Go Pictorial Stamps will be “British Farm Animals” featuring sheep from around the UK  and will be the first in a series of three issues that will explore some of the many traditional breeds of sheep, cattle and pigs to be found on farms in the UK.

But, as a dramatic departure from the previous ‘Birds’ sets , where these items sold directly from Talents House would have been press-printed in Gravure (and a have very distinct print appearance) Royal Mail have confirmed that, for this issue at least, the ‘set’ stamps and those used on Royal Mail produced FDCs will be printed by Hytech.

The ‘set’ pack containing six 1st class stamps has been redesigned (rotated through 90 degrees) to take the new, but now familiar Hytech  ‘strip of six’ as seen at the last two Stampex shows.

And the good news is that there is no premium for this pack and so it can be pre-ordered at the face value of £2.76 (6 x 1st Class) – a sure sell-out item?

 

It had to happen -Post & Go V2 produces rare birds indeed!

As the Post and Go V2 upgrade is now almost complete, those very few branches that still were using Birds 3 reels have produced a six completely new stamps- previously unissued Worldwide 40g versions of Birds 3.

Branches that have been confirmed as producing this value from last Friday are Grimsby, Dartford, Hyde and Ludgate Circus.

This value is likely to be the RAREST of all Post and Go stamps and the KEY value of this set.

Available on Ebay here:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170744034218

 

 

The (Post and Go) Future is here!

Ive seen the future and the future is self service   – Wincor-Nixdorf style times ten!

A new style ‘futuristic’ Post Office branch, which has been recently refitted with ten Wincor-Nixdorf Post and Go machines has opened for business in Birmingham town centre.

The Pinfold Street, Birmingham Post Office Branch is the first of a brand new type of Branch (Known as a ‘Premier’) which promotes a whole new concept of self-service to customers.

Photo Gordon Griffiths

The ten Post & Go machines are spead around the brnach in clusters of 2 or 3 – and the branch staff mingle with the customers to assist customers with posting items and any other transactions.

 

The ten post and go machines have all been upgraded to V2 and offer Special Delivery , Recorded Delivery and International services- except one (Kiosk No. 10) which minus the postal weigh scales is reserved for the sale of stamps and payment for retail items.

No.10 Kiosk results in a Kiosk ID of Zero on the stamps and labels.

As well as being the first Premier Branch, The first branch to have ten post and go machines it is also the first branch to use a new, foldable, ‘mini’ date stamp, currently reserved for ‘customer side’ use on Post and Go receipts.

Post & Go ‘V2’ drops on Broadway SW1

The latest update to the Wincor Post & Go software has been activated at a single branch (Broadway, London SW1) on Thursday 13th October 2011.

This upgrade allows customers to post Recorded Signed For, Special Delivery, Airsure and International Signed For  Royal Mail products as well as Parcelforce Express items within the UK and to the EU.

For Post & Go stamp collectors a new value of 40g Worldwide becomes available from the ‘Buy Stamps’ menu as well as a facility to purchase the whole six values, dispensed in two strips of three.

Available to buy here :- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170712531665

 

Horizon Label Accounting Codes-The Definitive Guide

On Monday 29th September 2011,  two new ‘accounting codes’ were added to the existing printed overprint applied at the time of posting to the Horizon label.

These codes are solely for the easy identification of the VAT rate/ product combination for each label, where a subsequent refund has to be made, ensuring any VAT is accounted for correctly.

There are 33 different “Royal Mail” codes and 4 different ‘Parcelforce’ codes- the table below shows the different codes that apply to each Label Identifier.

The ‘RM/PF ‘ Code maps to the Indicia- The ‘PPUK ‘Code maps to the VAT Rate.

Label Identifier

VAT Rate

Royal Mail Code

PP

UK Code

No.

1st

Exempt Rated VAT

a

4

1

1st

Zero Rated VAT

a

5

2

1L

Exempt Rated VAT

b

4

3

1L

Zero Rated VAT

b

5

4

1LL

Exempt Rated VAT

c

4

5

1LL

Zero Rated VAT

c

5

6

1PK

Exempt Rated VAT

d

4

7

1PK

Zero Rated VAT

d

5

8

2L

Exempt Rated VAT

e

4

9

2L

Zero Rated VAT

e

5

10

2LL

Exempt Rated VAT

f

4

11

2LL

Zero Rated VAT

f

5

12

2PK

Exempt Rated VAT

g

4

13

2PK

Zero Rated VAT

g

5

14

A

Exempt Rated VAT

h

4

15

A

Zero Rated VAT

h

5

16

AX

Zero Rated VAT

r

5

17

AX

Standard Rate VAT

r

6

18

RSF

Exempt Rated VAT

i

4

19

BL

Exempt Rated VAT

m

4

20

BLL

Exempt Rated VAT

n

4

21

BPK

Exempt Rated VAT

p

4

22

FF

Exempt Rated VAT

t

4

23

SU

Exempt Rated VAT

x

4

24

SU

Zero Rated VAT

x

5

25

SD

Exempt Rated VAT

y

4

26

SD

Zero Rated VAT

y

5

27

SD

Standard Rate VAT

y

6

28

SP

Exempt Rated VAT

z

4

29

SP

Standard Rate VAT

z

6

30

FP

Zero Rated VAT

o

5

31

FP

Exempt Rated VAT

o

4

32

FP

Standard Rate VAT

o

6

33

Label Identifier

VAT Rate

Parcelforce Code

PP

UK Code

BF

Exempt Rated VAT

5

7

34

PE

Zero Rated VAT

6

8

35

PS

Zero Rated VAT

7

8

36

PS

Standard Rate VAT

7

9

37

How do I work out what VAT is applicable to my item?

The applicable VAT rate for a particular postal item is determined by its destination.

For items being sent inland or within the EU then most items are ‘Exempt’ –

However, some Premium services are Standard Rate -e.g.-Special Delivery Next Day where

any ‘Add-ons’ are applied (Such as Saturday Guarantee) plus Airsure and Parcelforce “Express” services.

Outside of the EU then items are ‘Zero’ rated (including the Channel Islands).

Example codes:-

Special Delivery’ – Next Day would be ‘y4’,

Next Day with Sat G’tee is ‘y6’ and

SD to Channel Islands is ‘y5’

Please do not copy this information without attributing the source – Copyright Postagelabelsuk.com 2011

 

New ‘accounting codes’ added to Horizon Postage Labels.

A change to the Horizon postage labels has taken place today, which has resulted in some additional codes being added to the overprint, to be used for Post Office internal accounting purposes for example it will be possible to identify which product a ‘SD’ label refers to – SD by 9, SD next day, SD to Channels Islands etc, as each different type will have a specific code added.

The two additional characters have been added at the end of the ‘Postage PaidUK’ and ‘Royal Mail’ or ‘Parcelforce’ lines.  An image will added as soon as possible.