Working about 24 months in advance from concept to completion, Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee has the sometimes-arduous task of reviewing and recommending ideas for Canada’s stamp program. While it can be a daunting responsibility, it’s one that’s also cherished by those who are lucky enough to participate in it. “We’re very honoured to be able to have that role at Canada Post, and we take that role very seriously,” said Director of Stamp Services Jim Phillips, who added he often corrects people who refer to Canada’s stamps as “Canada Post stamps.” “Those are Canadian stamps. Those are the stamps we’re issuing for Canada, and we cherish that role and try to do the best we can to meet all the different needs for all the different communities who are interested in postage.” While explaining Canada Post’s stamp-issuing policies and guiding principles during an hour-long educational seminar at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show on March 25, Phillips also shined a light on what he calls the “inner workings” of the Stamp Advisory Committee. Continue reading →
On March 14, the American Philatelic Society (APS) released the results of its recent survey, which saw participation from more than 3,000 APS members and 800 non-members, offering insight into what collectors want from America’s national stamp club. Last November and December, the APS sent a questionnaire to members, former members and non-members in their database using Survey Monkey. Avidix Research Director of Research David Paddock, who’s also a long-time APS member, analyzed the results and authored the report. According to the APS Blog, Paddock also volunteered to lead focus groups at StampShow 2016 in Portland, Ore.
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