Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) facilitates the activities of entrepreneurs, people and businesses, worldwide, through our easy-access distribution network and customised services and products delivered with a distinguished and unique level of customer service.
History of Mail Boxes Etc.
MBE has kept growing throughout its history. The people at MBE’s 2.500 current locations in 44 countries use our business concept to solve the needs of local businesses and consumers in the communities in which they live.
Founded in San Diego, California in 1980, Mail Boxes Etc. was introduced in Italy in 1993 by Graziano Fiorelli as Master licensee for the MBE brand. Since opening the pilot Center in 1992 the Italian MBE Network has grown to over 500 Centers. MBE Italy also subsequently acquired MBE Master License’s rights for Spain, Germany and Austria.
In 2009, MBE Worldwide – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian Fiorelli family – acquired from MBE U.S. Inc., a subsidiary of UPS Inc., the Mail Boxes Etc. worldwide business (excluding the U.S. and Canada, which remain under MBE U.S. Inc.), including trademarks, business format and all existing Master Franchising contracts. With the acquisition, MBE Worldwide became the sole owner of the Mail Boxes Etc. brand and franchisor of the MBE franchise system.
MBE Italy expanded to 300 MBE Centers and presence in 80% of Italian provinces thereby becoming the largest and most successful international MBE Master Licensee.
Master Licensees for Spain, Germany and Austria added to the portfolio. Network expansion increased to over 600 MBE Centers in the four European countries.
MBE Worldwide’s acquisition of the MBE franchise system compliments on going expansion of network to ca. 1,370 MBE Centers in over 30 countries. Aggregated network turnover exceeds € 330 Million.
MBE Italy celebrates 20 year anniversary. MBE product and services portfolio expands via e-commerce sales of shipping, graphic and print, printer accessories (cartridges/toner under the brand name “MBE Print”), photographic and office products.
Mail Boxes Etc. grows to more than 1,600 locations on four continents. Aggregated network revenues top € 400 million.
MBE Worldwide acquired two US companies PostNet International Franchise and AlphaGraphics Inc. With these acquisitions, the MBE network now reaches around 2,500 Service Centers – including 500 in the US and 2,000 in 43 countries around the world.”