Our Story

Mail Boxes Etc. was founded in San Diego, California (U.S.A.) in 1980. Relying solely on franchising power, it has evolved into one of the world’s largest international networks of entrepreneurs operating retail-based logistic, communication and business support service centers.

MBE was bought by UPS Inc. in 2001.  Commencing in 2003, UPS rebranded in both the USA and Canada the MBE network of retail centers to “The UPS Store”. The remainder (i.e. excluding the U.S.A. and Canada) of the network of international MBE retail centers was acquired in 2009 by Mail Boxes Etc. Worldwide S.p.A. (“MBE WW”), a family-owned company based in Milan, Italy.

MBE by the numbers*:


Aggregated revenues


Shipment revenues annually worldwide


Packages handled with care each year worldwide


Local business customers served annually


Retail Centers worldwide


Countries worldwide with MBE Master-Licenses


MBE Center opening on average worldwide every six working days since 2009

*data will be updated annually

© Mail Boxes Etc. 2018 - Mail Boxes Etc., PostNet and AlphaGraphics territories and centers are operated by independent Master Licensees and/or Franchisees that operate under a franchise agreement under the brand name of Mail Boxes Etc./MBE, PostNet or AlphaGraphics. Through the franchise network, Mail Boxes Etc., PostNet and AlphaGraphics provide support services - mainly shipping, logistics, printing, marketing and communication services - for businesses and individuals. Mail Boxes Etc., MBE, PostNet and AlphaGraphics are registered trademarks used with permission of MBE Worldwide S.p.A. and its subsidiaries (All rights reserved. MBE Worldwide purchased the MBE trademark and system from United Parcel Service of America in 2009 for all areas of the world except the United States of America and Canada, which continue to be owned by UPS). The services offered by the individual Mail Boxes Etc., PostNet and AlphaGraphics centers can vary depending upon the location. The material available on this website, the information contained herein and any other relevant related data may not in any manner be copied, distributed, changed, republished, reproduced, downloaded or forwarded to third parties, without the expressed prior written authorization of MBE Worldwide S.p.A. We accept no responsibility with regard to the unauthorized use of the material available on this Internet site, the information and/or the data contained herein.

MBE Worldwide S.P.A. Registered Office: Viale Lunigiana 35/37 - 20125 Milano (IT) - Share Capital € 257.126,00 R.E.A. Milan No. 1818225 - Milan Register of Companies - Fiscal Code/VAT Num. 05393070965 Tel. +39 02 67625777 - Fax +39 02 67625778