Mail Boxes Etc.: 500 centres in Italy via franchising
Mail Boxes Etc. launched its system in Italy in 1993. Today, 13 years on, the Italian MBE network has, the company says, become the second largest of all the MBE networks after the USA and has just opened up its 500th centre.
MBE franchisees offer both private and business customers a mixture of services ranging from parcel delivery and packaging, graphics and printing services as well as P.O. boxes and other services. The franchise system is proving to be a success in other countries, too. In Germany, for example, the system is expecting to have welcomed its 100th franchisee by the end of the year and is planning to have 700 centres across the country by 2012.
Mail Boxes Etc. was founded in the USA in 1980. Since then the network has been developing rapidly and there are now around 5,500 MBE Centres in more than 40 countries; in Europe there are over 780 centres in countries such as Italy, Spain, Austria and Germany. According to company information, it is hoping to launch its idea into other countries and so is on the look-out for suitable master franchise partners across the world.
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