Just over a year ago Royal Mail launched 2nd class Post and Go stamps in two values, at Stampex. However, even then we knew that it would be necessary to convert or replace the existing Post and Go machines in branches before the new stamps could be sold.
All through 2013 there were rumours that introduction would be 'within a few weeks' (or months) but nothing happened and there was not even an announcement at Spring Stampex 2014. However, two new machines were installed in the Harpenden (Hertfordshire) Crown Post Office, and went live last Friday, 28 February 2014.
NCR kiosks short and wider than the existing Wincor units that are
currently found in over 200 Post Offices, feature faster processing of
almost all Royal Mail and Parcelforce products that are usually only
available at the counter.
can choose from 8 different stamps for later use (as on existing Post and Go machines, and including the 2nd class pair) or process their mail
quickly and easily using the intuitive touch screen- which produces a
never-seen-before Open Value (or 'OV') Stamp.
The Open Value stamp shows the weight and destination of the letter being posted. Here is one that arrived this morning (wrong postcode delayed it!):
all mail can be processed though the kiosks- both letters and parcels
-including inland first and second class mail, International mail and
priority mail that includes tracking and delivery guarantee worldwide.
Thanks to Brian Sinnott postagelabelsuk for the information and use of images.
No information is yet available on the roll-out of these machines but I have been told that Plymouth Crown Office is already preparing the space! See here for new installation reporting.
It seems the Harpenden printer could be better - thanks to Dominic:
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