eBay is expanding its global shipping program (GSP) yet again, this time to nine additional countries, including some located in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. eBay is pushing sellers to use the GSP to make their items available to buyers in 44 countries — soon to be 53 — but without having to ship internationally. eBay will add the following nine countries to the GSP program beginning April 8: Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia and Turkey.
H&M has announced plans to enter Bulgaria, with its first location opening in the capital of Sofia in March 2012. H&M also opened its first stores in Romania and Croatia this year. Additionally, the company plans a net addition of approximately 250 stores for the 2010-2011 financial year, with China, the United Kingdom and the United States slated to be the largest expansion markets.