Most people think of Mail Boxes Etc. as a great place to ship packages, pick up mail, and maybe get business cards printed. But if its CEO has his way, they will also think of it as a place to make deposits to their bank accounts and seek loans and small-business financing.

James H. Amos, who has been president and chief executive of Mail Boxes Etc. for four years, considers his 4,100 outlets the brick-and-mortar solution to Internet financial services firms' distribution problems. For a year he has been signing deals with Internet companies in which Mail Boxes Etc. gets the revitalization that ostensibly comes from entering new business lines, and the partners get access to branches scattered around the world.

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