Monday 8 January 2024

Post and Go News 2024

This post and its comments will hold all news on Post and Go stamps, machines, and PO SSKs.   

For details of new Post and Go stamps issued by the postal authorities in Guernsey and Jersey I recommend WhiteKnight's Commonwealth Stamp Opinion. All issues from the islands, and Gibraltar and the SOAR stamps from Isle of Man will normally be pictured there as announced.

Anything about the old Royal Mail machines which operated until the end of last year at various military and other museums around the UK will continue to be added on the 2023 blog post. Please continue to make comments there or send me news/images by email.

Self Service Kiosks

PW has been dogged in his determination to report on what is happening at Sheffield (a city of more than half a million folks in northern England) ever since the Wilkinson's store closed in October last year.  In late November he reports that the Sheffield Post Office, located in the Wilkinson's (Wilko) Store in Haymarket, closed in early October. It had FAD no. 016340.

The only Post Office in Sheffield City Centre now is now at 33-35 Charles St, S1 2HU. There are now 2 Post and Go machines installed, which could be the 2 machines from the Wilkinson Store

However, as per usual they were not switched on for public use. The FAD no. for the shop is 247340.

This month he has an update. one of the machines in use.  The other machine was not in operation but a different kiosk without 'weighing plate', was present. I am sure this was not situated at the Sheffield Haymarket/Wilkinsons store so I am waiting for another visit to 'test' it. The Staff do not want to turn these machines on because they have to deploy a Staff Member to supervise them. There was a massive queue in the shop and no-one wanted to try and use the machines for their postal needs, but I marched up to them and had a go. 

And a visit to Chesterfield at the turn of the year, brought errors of 'wrong roll position' in two kiosks. Kiosk 67 had 1st stock in the 2nd class position, producing 2nd class brown (R19YAL with inset phosphor bands) and 2nd class stock in the 1st class position, producing 1st class blue (CL17).

(Unfortunately only photos are provided but I have enhanced them to show the results to their best.)

Post and Go output from new location at Charles Street, Sheffield, 04/01/2024.

Chesterfield Post and Go SSK67 02/01/2024 Machin Anniversary strip 2nd class in error.

Chesterfield Post and Go SSK67 30/12/023 errors SSK68, 1st class on blue stock, and 2nd class on brown stock.



All news about P&G in 2024 will be here, and comments for the old (January 2023) post will be closed later in the month.  



22 comments:

  1. Two locations at Southall and Clapham Common are on the consultation website as proposed for closure without replacement due in February / March.
    These Crown branches have NCR kiosks.
    I will check Wood Green when it opens later this month but very much doubt there will be NCR kiosks.

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  2. "The Staff do not want to turn these machines on because they have to deploy a Staff Member to supervise them."
    That sort of suggests why I've only had several of these labels during the past fifteen years.

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    1. I think it depends where you go, most WHS branches I've been in recently (Woking excepted) have someone minding them, 'real' PO branches seem to let them fend for themselves and deal with issues as they arise. As an aside the regular users I see are people posting multiple items (eBay presumably) who know how the machines work!

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  3. Robert
    Sometime last year the Paignton,(Devon) Crown Office had a meet and Greet Staff member but it was stopped as a cost saving (I don't figure that out as it has 3 Kiosk so I would have thought it was saving 2 other Counter Staff) it might be due to the stopping of all but Sign For & Special Delivery Services.
    Now any overseas Signed/Tracked Mail has to be done over the counter due to another Computer Mess up! with the Royal Mail/Post Office.and has to use a different CN22 Customs Label(without Bar Code) and add a Bar-Code Label.RW.

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  4. The following Rolls are in the PAIGNTON Post Office as of 13th January 2024
    Kiosk 67 : 1st R20YAL - 2nd CL19
    68 : 1st R18YAL - 2nd CL19
    69 : 1st R20YAL - 2nd CL19
    RW

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    1. Sorry should have also added that the Stock was Machin Head Stamps, RW

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    3. The situation was made clear to me from the start.
      The supply of Machin50 stock was maybe not sufficient to meet demand and that if that came to pass Machin head stock would be used in the kiosk.
      The final reel of Machin50 (not full roll) was inserted at approx 1400 just before I left the museum after 4 hours there.
      I have seen a scan of the receipts for the stock purchased and am therefore aware of the value of sales made although of course I will not disclose it here.
      The mail by bike stock was also exhausted but this reel was then switched out of service.

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  6. Durham today has

    Kiosk 67:
    1st class ‘16’ Machin, 2nd class ‘19’ Machin
    Kiosk 68:
    1st class ‘17’ Machin, 2nd class ‘17’ Machin
    Kiosk 69:
    1st class ‘20’ Machin, 2nd class ‘19’ Machin

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  7. on Tuesday: none of the machines at Mount Pleasant PO switched on (and no special stamps at the counter); all on at Eastcheap with Machin/Machin anniversary in the machine I tried.

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  8. Here's another good example of suspected 'manipulation'. I doubt the Post Office was actually open at 0709 in the morning as per the receipt!

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/355394492412?hash=item52bf2997fc:g:oSkAAOSwzqllqrj8&amdata=enc%3AAQAIAAAAwPYmp5xaueLb%2BprkRXg1IcNoMqQFrAzScfolKMjf8064YIsO9F9Uvy9b0a99qRGILxPYV2sBk5kOi22Wyb%2FPrqckUtmPnkTCOSK7UdkeA9pF2nzaVEFFazA2Uli%2BltA%2Bpr4ahybmG9YChaDeLJeOEKrCXkQ6NmhL8U8CgO%2FbfLoIsR4A3d94vyuc%2FYzU9na%2FBq1tpx8L9Lim8%2B6KyhM7K4oYeaaQDnI%2BUwoEM0FX92C86TOQmgmG6aU%2Fl2UXDQP7wg%3D%3D%7Ctkp%3ABk9SR6zTnsOlYw

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  9. Yesterday I did visit the new office at Wood Green and as I suspected there are no NCR kiosks.

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  10. St Albans 31st Jan
    SSK67 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK68 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK69 Machin R17YAL & Greenery CL21S
    SSK70 Greenery R20YAL & Machin CL19S

    Harpenden 31st Jan
    SSK67 Machin R19YAL & CL17S
    SSK68 Machin R17YAL & CL17S

    Luton 31st Jan
    SSK67 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK68 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK69 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK70 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK71 Machin R20YAL & CL19S

    Kettering31st Jan
    SSK67 OOS
    SSK68 OOS

    Leicester 31st Jan
    SSK67 Greenery 21
    SSK68 Greenery 21
    SSK69 Greenery 21 & Machin CL18S
    SSK70 Greenery 21

    Nottingham 31st Jan
    SSK67 Machin R20YAL & CL17S
    SSK68 Machin R20YAL & CL17S
    SSK69 Machin R20YAL & CL18S
    SSK70 Machin R20YAL & CL17S
    SSK71 Machin R20YAL & CL17S


    Derby 31st Jan
    SSK67 OOS
    SSK68 Machin R20YAL & CL17S
    SSK69 OOS
    SSK70 Machin R20YAL & CL18S

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    1. I'm told Derby keep SSK67 switched off as it's not visible from the counters and with no meeter-and-greeter now, that's considered more secure.

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  11. Kettering seems to be a regular OOS and adding to my earlier comment above Clapham and Southall both close after trade on the 6th March.

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  12. Now 'Post & Go' have slipped off the page 1 news site, would it possible to have a direct link to P & G news? Thanks

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    1. If you are referring to the blog, this is not possible.

      If you are referring to the Norvic Philatelics website, the detail there is a software feed from the blog powered by feedwind, so that is not possible either.

      You can either bookmark it in your web browser in the traditional way, or use the January blog archive entry in the navigation system at the right hand side (on desktop machines). Given that most of the information is in comments, that will be the best place to find it.

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  13. I have it bookmarked on my browser. The URL is https://blog.norphil.co.uk/2024/01/post-and-go-news-2024.html?showComment=1705688408128#c7672290189460934241
    John G

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  14. Wokingham 2nd Feb
    SSK67 Greenery R21YAL & Machin CL19S
    SSK68 OOS

    Sittingbourne 15th Feb
    SSK67 Greenery R20YAL & Machin CL17S
    SSK68 Greenery 20
    SSK69 OOS

    Faversham 15th Feb
    SSK67 Machin R18YAL & CL17S
    SSK68 Machin R18YAL & CL17S
    SSK69 OOS

    Canterbury 15th Feb
    SSK67 OOS
    SSK68 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK69 Machin R20YAL & CL19S

    Folkestone 15th Feb
    SSK67 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK68 Machin R19YAL & CL18S

    Ashford 31st Jan
    SSK67 Machin R18YAL & CL17S
    SSK68 Greenery R21YAL & Machin CL17S
    SSK69 Machin R20YAL & Greenery 21

    Maidstone 15th Feb
    All Kiosk OOS

    Leeds (The Markets) 17th Feb
    SSK67 Machin R20YAL & CL17S
    SSK68 Machin MA16 & CL18S
    SSK69 Machin MA16 & CL17S
    SSK70 OOS

    Leeds (St Johns) 17th Feb
    SSK67 Machin R20YAL & CL16S
    SSK68 OOS
    SSK69 Machin R20YAL & CL19S
    SSK70 Machin R20YAL & MA14

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    1. Ashford was 15th Feb, apologies for typo!

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