Post offices in pubs? Not quite, but on the Isle of Man, customers can buy stamps, weigh packages, and pay their bills at an automated postal kiosk in their local pub, according to Hellmail:
Crosby residents on the Isle of Man will have a new way to post items, pay utility bills or purchase postage with the launch of a new Pay&Post kiosk in their local pub.
The Crosby Hotel is the first non-post office location to have a postal kiosk installed – giving local residents increased accessibility to postal services outside of the traditional working hours plus the convenience of ample parking.
With the retirement of the sub postmaster in Crosby in September 2010 and no other suitable applicants available despite Isle of Man Post Officeâ€Ÿs attempts to find a replacement, a self-service kiosk has been located within the Crosby Hotel, Crosby. This will enable customers in this area to have access to postal provision again.
Steven Taylor Retail Director, Managed Estate, Heron and Brearley Limited, said: "We are sure the self-service postal kiosk will be a popular addition to the Crosby Hotel. Pubs, like post offices, have always been at the centre of Manx communities. As their roles evolve to meet changing needs, Heron & Brearley are delighted to partner with the Post Office to provide our customers with this great new service."
Feedback from users of the kiosks installed in Regent Street Post Office have highly praised the machines for their ease of use, quick transaction times and self-weighing positions. In addition, the postal kiosks have reduced queuing times and offer a choice of service. The machines allow customers to weigh, stamp and pay for packages to be posted quickly and efficiently in a matter of seconds as well as being able to pay electricity, gas or phone bills and government rates.