Wincor Nixdorf vending machine testing in Canada
March 5, 2013
USPS SSSMC Kiosks dispense colored Christmas stamp
Beginning about November 11, 2012
the SSSMC (Self Service Ship and Mail Center) kiosks located
in many post office lobbies began to dispense a Christmas
themed colored stamp. The only announcement for this is a
round poster pasted on the kiosks. Note that almost all kiosks
have that new poster but not all kiosks have the new stamp
installed at this time. The stamp is provied on preprinted
color rolls of self stick labels. Some examples of these are
USPS Introduces FOREVER Stamps at Kiosks inside USPS offices
On April 11, 2012 the USPS began to update individual APC
(aka SSSMC) kiosks in local post offices to include six
FOREVER designs. By mid May there were about 111 updated. The
plan is to have them all updated by September 30, 2012. The
designs are shown here. Also, should one of the printers fail,
a larger printer is used and the stamps change to include the
"Fold Here" variety. More information in the MSS Quarterly
Bulletin Summer 2012.
May 31, 2012
Older Pitney Bowes Kiosks Removed
Tests First Class Mail Tracking
On December 7,
2011 the USPS started a trial selling packs of 5 or 10 sheets
each with five barcodes. These barcodes, when affixed to First
Class Mail will allow these items to be tracked during their
journey to the recipient. It appears that the barcode packets
are sold only at post offices in the Washington, DC area,
including areas in Maryland and Virginia.
FCM Tracking Barcode Sheet of Five
Pitney Bowes Kiosk in Texas
Without much announcement, PB placed about eight new kiosks in SuperTarget stores in the Dallas- Ft. Worth Texas areas. The stamps are much more attractive and there is promise of more designs to come.
Pitney Bowes Announces
Pitney Bowes announced, in the last couple of days of March 2011, a "Cloud" based postage. The user account is on the Internet, not on his/her computer. Postage stamps and shipping labels can be printed from any computer. The PB software is in the "Cloud" as is the user account. See our Gallery for more details. As with earlier types of PC Postage, Internet download parcel shipping labels with postage can be printed on plain paper. Stamps must be printed on special diecut sheets with fluorescent orange tags. Shown below is a test stamp and a test shipping label.
June 5, 2011
Duane Reade Postal Kiosks in New York City
Duane Reade is a drug store chain in New York City that has a history of using kiosks, including a relatively new one at hospitals and clinics that doctors and patents can use to order prescriptions. Four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn have recently installed the Pitney Bowes postal kiosks along with a small mailbox and a rack of postal supplies. The kiosk is similar to those discussed in articles on this page below. The locations as of late September 2009 are:
661 8th Ave. Manhattan
Photographs of the unit at the 8th Ave. store are shown here. At this time we have not actually seen a scan of the stamp produced by these kiosks but the description is similar to that shown in articles here and in the Meter Stamp Society Bulletin issue 279, Spring 2008. The stamp is printed on a peelable label that has a pink phosphorescent bar to the right. The stamp is printed in black ink rather than the usual red. This stamp is essentially identical to the "1P" Pitney Bowes indicia shown in the Gallery except for the wording "Sold" next to the date indicating that the stamp may be used anytime in the future. The backing paper has the Pitney Bowes logo.
Pitney Bowes Kiosk installed at Duane Reade store at 8th Ave. and 42nd St.
Added Note: In January 2010 we learn that some Target stores in Minneapolis, Dallas and Oklahoma City may have the PB kiosk as well. We have not as yet had verification of this by members.
Pitney Bowes Kiosk Canadian Test
Pitney Bowes tested their Kiosk, the same one discussed several notes below this, at six locations around Toronto. The tests ran from September 2008 to January 2009. The kiosks were removed and there is no indication that they will be used anywhere else. This test was first published in the BNAPS, British North America Philatelic Society, journal Topics Vol 66, number 2, April-June 2009. As with the US kiosk, the printed stamp was in black ink on a peelable label that has a pink phosphorescent bar on the right.
Stamp image provided by Topics Article dated April-June 2009.
Essay of Future Stamp provided by PB in 2007.
New UK Vending Stamps
Two Wincor-Nixdorf Propostal vending machines went online at the Galleries branch in Bristol UK on 8 October, 2008. The machine can weigh the mail and prepare labels for a variety of mail services. See the MSSQB Vol60/no4(282) for more info.
Two kiosks from the same vendor are also seen in the Faroe Islands. For more info go to www.stamps.fo and search for "Franking Labels" at that site.
Similar kiosks are scheduled for other European countries in the next months.
A brochure from Wincor-Nixdorf is attached HERE.
IBM "Print on Demand" Kiosk Test
Just one IBM "Print on Demand" kiosk was tested at a US Post Office Innovation Center in Schaumberg, Illinois. See the MSSQB Vol 60/No.3 (281) for more information. The test ended on July 31 2009 with no indications that is would be reinstalled anywhere else. The stamp had been changed to the second image below available in a sheet of 10 or a single.
Pitney Bowes/NCR Postal Kiosk
The Kiosks are said to be in 85 locations in the US and an unknown number in other parts of the world. One unit in Canada, at last call, had been tested internally but had not been placed. All units are rented to corporations or universities and placed in common areas accessible to the employees or students but not generally to the outside public. No first day covers were ever prepared and there have been absolutely no reports of mailed covers. PB does provide a brochure.
13 November, 2007
Data-Pac introduced a redesigned website in October 2007. It appears that beta trials are complete and some postage meters are in service. Less than five covers have been reported at this date. No first day covers were ever prepared. Some known imprints are black and some red.
13 November, 2007
Data-Pac Conducts Postage Meter Beta Trials
Richard Yankloski, CEO of Data-Pac Mailing Systems, Inc., announced that Data-Pac, until now a vendor of computer software and computers to the mail room industry, began Beta trials of a new line of postage meters, America2, at 25 locations involving as many as 60 postage meters. Items are being seen in the mail. The first day of use is listed as 11 November, 2006 but it is believed that no special first day covers were prepared. www.data-pac.com.
2 February, 2007
Pitney Bowes and NCR Introduce Postal Kiosks
Pitney Bowes and NCR announced 10/10/06 that Self Service Postal Kiosks are being placed. See:
Our members have found two:
1. Emory University, Atlanta,
GA (see pdf file attached)
See News Page Item below about earlier tests at PB locations. Please report any other locations to admin(at)meterstampsociety.com. Thanks
We have received the photo below from Emory U taken on 1 December 2006 with an "out of order" sign (left). The PB Press department provides a photo of the "new" model (right). PB also states that there are eight of these in the US but was not able to identify the locations for us. Units are in place in Europe, South America, Asia and Canada.
The Emory unit was restarted in February and a friend obtained the following image for us. Identical in appearance to the trial at Pitney Bowes headquarters. More information in the MSSB Spring 2007 edition.
However as of late April 2007 a visitor found the University of Virginia unit deactivated.
22 April, 2007
|Meter Stamps Society Application as a Tax Exempt
Charity is Approved
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|Notes from the MSS meeting at Washington 2006
Please post your comments for this agenda to decrotty(at)yahoo.com
|MSS Members Help the National Postal Museum build a
MSS members have been invited to help build the NPM's new website www.arago.si.edu. The site was introduced during the Washington 2006 show. At this writing just a few original postage meters are featured on the site. In time we hope to help write descriptions for their extensive collection of US postage meters. Bob Rice has provided the descriptions for these items.
The name Arago was chosen because Mr. Arago was an original supporter of the Smithsonian. He is said to have promoted the idea that information should be made available using the best possible technology.
Also check out the NPM's main website: www.postalmuseum.si.edu.
|Pitney Bowes Tests New Vending Postal Kiosk
Here is the text of a notice to employees for a beta test and an image of the stamp produced.
Date: December 9, 2005
Subject: Postal Kiosk Installation at Your Location
To All WHQ, 35 Waterview and 27 Waterview Employees
Exciting news! Today, the first live Pitney Bowes Postal Kiosk will be
installed and ready to use outside the 35 Waterview cafeteria.
Recently approved by USPS to move into the Beta phase, the Kiosk
represents a new business opportunity combining our Postal Evidencing and
Secure funds management expertise with self-service kiosk technology. This
is another step forward in our commitment to expand Pitney Bowes' role in
The kiosk can be used to mail letters and packages, as well as purchase
stamp-like indicia strips using Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and
Friday, Dec 9: Kiosk Installation at 35 Waterview - Outside the cafeteria
Friday, Dec 16: Kiosk Installation at World Headquarters - Between the
cafeteria and Company Store
I'd like to encourage everyone to take the opportunity to purchase postage
using the system. The kiosk is meant to make your lives a little easier
during this hectic holiday season. Mail a package to a loved one.
Purchase indicia strips for your holiday cards. Try it out.
We have a development team who is very interested in getting your feedback
on this new product. Web and e-mail addresses for providing feedback will
be posted at the kiosk.
|Meter Migration Mandate
Old meters are disappearing. The post offices of the U.S. and Canada will eventually obsolete any postage meter that is not digital, remotely resetable and does not have a digital printer. The schedule is shown here:
Meter Migration Mandate Phases
The International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog appears Spring 2005
The International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog
Joel Hawkins, Richard Stambaugh 2005
Canadian Meter Catalog appears Spring 2005
Canadian Meter Postage Stamp Catalog
Ross W. Irwin
Longley Auctions, 2004
PO Box 620
Canada L0R 2H0
Review See MSS Quarterly Bulletin - Fall 2005
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