Our business idea is lived by franchise partners in over 2,600 MBE locations and in 52 countries. Our goal is to offer companies and consumers a customized solution locally.
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 Licenses 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 acquistion of the MBE franchise system compliments ongoing 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 “MBEPrint”), photographic and office products.
Mail Boxes Etc. grows to more than 1,600 locations on four continents. Aggregated network revenues top € 400 million.
Mail Boxes Etc. Worldwide has completed the acquisition of 100% of PostNet (www.postnet.com). Both companies currently operate in the business services industry offering premium quality shipping, logistics, printing, communication and postal services. The two companies will have an extensive reach of more than 2.300 locations in 33 countries.
MBE Worldwide with 2,300 locations globally, including PostNet acquisition in April 2017, acquired AlphaGraphics, Inc. (“AlphaGraphics”), a leading design, printing, marketing and communications retail system. Following this acquisition, MBE Worldwide’s global network now encompasses more than 2.600 global business service centers.
Mail Boxes Etc., PostNet and AlphaGraphics were able to close 2018 for the first time as a "network family" with more than 2,540 service centers in 47 countries and 861 million euros in sales.
The Mail Boxes Etc. Network grew through 5 new Master License Agreements in Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Morocco and Romania. "We are proud to announce this great result" - said Paolo Fiorelli, MBE Chairman & CEO - "2018 has shown how we can drive the organic growth of the whole Group thanks to the great commitment and dedication of our local entrepreneurs and staff at headquarters. Our teams, driven by passion, discipline and innovation, grew by constantly exceeding customer expectations, by perceiving #PeoplePossible as an attitude in their daily interaction with customers".
To support further long-term growth, MBE Worldwide announces an agreement with the funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. to acquire up to 40% of the shares of MBE Worldwide through a €120 million ($132 million) phased capital increase. MBE's current shareholders, the Fiorelli family, will continue to own the majority of the company. "We are very pleased to partner with Oaktree in our MBE business," said Paolo Fiorelli, MBE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have ambitious plans to further expand MBE's competitive position, international presence and financial strength in the coming years. To achieve these goals, we have sought a valued investment partner with extensive experience and competent resources. With Oaktree, we have found both."
About MBE Worldwide
MBE Worldwide S.p.A. ("MBE"), a private holding company based in Milan, Italy, is a third-party provider of shipping, fulfillment, printing and marketing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses and retailers, primarily through a network of independently operated franchise locations. MBE Service Centres facilitate the activities of entrepreneurs, individuals and companies through an easily accessible distribution network and tailor-made services and products, characterised by excellent and unique service. MBE currently operates with three different brands: Mail Boxes Etc., AlphaGraphics and PostNet. The global network currently has more than 2,600 locations in 52 countries with more than 10,000 employees and a system-wide turnover of 918 million Euros (1,028 million dollars).
Further information about the MBE Worldwide Group is also available at www.mbeglobal.com
MBE Worldwide Group
www.mbeglobal.com - www.mbe.it - www.mbe.es - www.mbe.de - www.mbefrance.fr - www.mbe.pl - www.postnet.com - www.alphagraphics.com