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F.A.Q.

Franchising is an efficient distribution system which offers owners of small businesses the opportunity to be competitive, grow and prosper through the economies-of-scale typical of larger companies combined with the commitment and drive of entrepreneurs.

The commercial affiliation (franchise) is a contract between two legal entities (franchisee and franchisor), economically and legally independent, whereby the franchisor grants the franchisee the availability, in exchange of a fee, to use trademarks, signs, know-how, and to get assistance or technical and commercial advice, inserting the franchisee in a system consisting of a network of affiliates on the territory, in order to market certain goods or services (Italian Law n. 129 May 6, 2004).

A franchise or affiliate is a legal entity, financially and legally independent, who signs the franchise agreement.

Starting any business requires initial capital and ongoing working capital. This may be obtained from any combination of private fund, loans, grants, subsidies or other resources. Mail Boxes Etc. helps the prospect to define the correct capital structure which best matches your individual circumstances.

MBE’s initial training course consists of ca. 4 weeks of class-room, in-store and field trainings. The focus is, in addition to basic operating aspects, primarily on building business development skills. 

MBE offers on-going training sessions to further support develop of your business know-how and professional selling skills. These can be provided by company personnel, regional managers (if present), network/regional meetings with other MBE business associates, workshops, videos, in-Center programs, vendor co-sponsored sessions, etc.

Yes, MBE prepares a design plan detailing layout, furniture and fixture requirements.  We assist you with the supervision of the build-out and must approve the installation if in full compliance with MBE corporate standards.  Our process helps you optimize costs to open your Center quickly.

The franchise agreement sets a specific geographic area within which no additional MBE Center will be opened.

Yes, in the franchise agreement sets a geographical area in which will not be authorized the opening of other MBE centers.

We have followed the opening hundreds of MBE Centers. Our experience allow to evaluate and select a suitable location.

MBE provides a unique set of services to local residents and businesses. The success is strongly linked to a concept we call "farming", namely interacting with people, both inside and outside of the MBE Center to promote the activities.  Whether business or private, development of a loyal client base depends on listening to their needs and then solving everyday challenges to help them be more efficient with their time and day.

Today there are ca. 1,600 MBE Centers in over 30 countries worldwide.  This demonstrates the flexibility, adaptability applicability of MBE for virtually any cultural or economic environment.

Yes, there may be several reasons for the sale of a running MBE Center. We will work with you to evaluate also this possibility.

Simply, experience and economies-of-scale reduce risk.  MBE will help you get started faster and be more successful sooner.  Talk to anyone in our network to convince yourself.

Sistema Italia 93 S.r.l. • Viale Lunigiana 35-37 • 20125 Milano • Share capital € 208.000,00 • Companies Register of Milan / P.IVA 10697630159 • Tel. +39 02 67 625 1 • Fax +39 02 67 625 625 • mbeitaly@mbe.it
Mail Boxes Etc./MBE Centers are operated by independent operators as franchisees, who operate under a franchise agreement under the brand name of MBE. Through its franchise network Mail Boxes Etc. provides support services for businesses and individuals. Logistics and shipping services represent the main services of MBE – enabled by MBE through contractual agreements concluded for the benefit of its franchisees with the main national and international express couriers - and other graphics and printing services - provided either directly or on the basis of agreements with large printing centers. The promotion of services for business and private customers is carried out in the framework of the business activity of each MBE franchise partner within and outside of the MBE Centers ("farming"). Each franchise partner is contractually obligated to perform such activities. Mail Boxes Etc. and MBE are registered trademarks used with permission of MBE Worldwide S.p.A. (All Rights Reserved). The services offered by the individual MBE Centers can vary depending upon the location. The material available on this Internet site, 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 Sistema Italia 93 S.r.l. 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.
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