From the first MBE Service Center opened in Italy back in 1993, up to today's global presence.
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 1993 the Italian MBE Network has grown to over 580 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.
Mail Boxes Etc. started in San Diego, California.
Graziano Fiorelli becomes MBE Master Licensee for Italy.
We acquire 60% of MBE Spain.
We acquire the majority of MBE Germany.
We form MBE Worldwide to acquire Mail Boxes Etc. from UPS (except business in U.S. and Canada).
1,370 MBE Service Centers in the World.
We establish a direct presence in France.
We establish a direct presence in Poland.
1,500+ MBE Service Centers in the World.
We acquire PostNet and Alphagraphics in the U.S.
We acquire majority ownership of 44 Centers from franchisees, creating a Directly Operated Stores (DOS) Platform.
We sign the agreement with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. to acquire up to a 40% ownership interest in MBE Worldwide via a restricted capital increase in order to support additional growth.
We acquire PACK & SEND in Australia, New Zealand and UK, Multicopy in the Netherlands and PrestaShop, the leading e-commerce platform in Europe and Latin America. We establish a direct presence in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
We acquire GEL Proximity in Italy and World Options in the UK, USA, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium.
MBE Worldwide acquires MBE Worldwide acquires PACK & SEND UK to further strengthen its presence in the UK market.