WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
reputation. Eco-friendly customizable products at EmbroidMe provide a
solution. Show your prospective customers that your brand aligned with
the green movement with EmbroidMe's diverse selection of promotional
items conveniently labeled "green" by the manufacturer.
Every year, Earth day reminds us how important it is to take care of the
environment. Promote your business as environmentally conscious with
products made from recycled and sustainable materials. Pens made of
post-consumer recycled paper with plastic derived from corn or pad covers
made of recycled PET (PolyEthylene Terephtalate) are a great choice and
easily paired with note pads made from recycled paper. Golf balls made of
100% recycled tire rubber, LED flashlights with rechargeable batteries,
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Eco-conscious businesses can incorporate their mission into their attire
and work uniforms, with shirts can be made of organic cotton, partially
recycled cotton, post-consumer PET and recycled polyester. Even the
customization process can go green when embroidered with cotton thread or
imprinted with vegetable-based inks.
"Customers appreciate seeing your logo and knowing you support a cause
they care about," said Christine Marion, MAS, director of retail
operations for EmbroidMe. "Our experienced on-site specialists and Eco
Awareness programs are here to assist you."
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Posted 5:30 AM EDT on March 21, 2014
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- Nike says strong global demand for its athletic goods helped third-quarter net income beat expectations as it readies for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
The world's largest athletic clothing maker says that not counting income from discontinued operations, earnings rose 3 percent, to $685 million, or 76 cents per share, in the three months ended on Feb. 28. The year before, profit came to $662 million, or 73 cents per share. The discontinued operations added another $204 million in profit to last year's period. Analysts expected 72 cents per share, according to FactSet. Nike sold its Cole Haan and Umbro brands last year.
Revenue rose 13 percent to $6.97 billion, beating analysts' expectation of $6.81 billion.
The Beaverton, Ore.-based company said Thursday that future orders worldwide rose 12 percent.
Posted 5:27 AM EDT on March 20, 2014
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/06/14 --
PunchTab, the leading omni-channel loyalty and engagement platform,
announced today the release of their Android SDK. The SDK is a free
toolkit that provides Android mobile and tablet developers the capability
to add customized loyalty and engagement programs to any app to help
increase usage, purchase, awareness, and brand engagement.
With tens of thousands of apps hitting the market every month and
billions of dollars spent on mobile marketing, the world of mobile
development has become a congested, competitive marketplace to carve out
success. Generating user awareness and continued use remain critical
challenges for organizations that utilize mobile applications to engage
customers, or add mobile as part of larger omni-channel initiatives.
Android developers can now implement PunchTab's loyalty and engagement
infrastructure in mobile apps, incentivizing users to take actions that
meet marketing agendas and business goals.
"Mobile is the most important channel for brands when it comes to
engaging consumers with relevant, real-time messages and offers.
According to a recent study, 83% of consumers expect to make more
purchases via mobile in the next 12 months, a 15% increase from today's
current statistics -- this is a critical proof point of how important
mobile has become for brands. Awareness, engagement, and enhanced loyalty
are essential components in the success of a mobile app," said PunchTab
Founder and CEO Ranjith Kumaran. "With our Android SDK we can provide
Android developers with the same high-quality, easy-to-use functionality
that the PunchTab platform offers to over 19,000 active programs on our
The Android opportunity is significant. Google Play accounted for almost
75 percent of total app downloads in 2013 and according to Distimo,
Google Play's revenue share has actually been growing at the expense of
Apple's. Since June 2013, Google Play's revenue jumped 51 percent. The
statistics are a window into the continuously growing Android mobile
application market that does not appear to be slowing down. Brands have
taken notice and with the PunchTab Android SDK, they have an opportunity
to reach even more consumers on mobile.
Analyst and TIME tech columnist, Ben Bajarin estimates that over one
billion Android smartphones will be sold in 2014, and by the end of 2014
mobile web users will be three times that of the desktop web. "Mobile can
no longer be a side strategy for brands, it needs to be a central
strategy as it's an essential element for maintaining consumer
engagement. The Android opportunity is one that cannot be overlooked,"
PunchTab's Android SDK offers mobile developers a free toolkit with an
easy to integrate static library and customizable features to most
effectively meet bottom line business goals. Developers can easily
reward-enable engagement, repeat usage, social sharing, and more.
For more information on PunchTab's developer kit visit
About PunchTab, Inc.
Founded in January 2011, PunchTab is an
omni-channel loyalty and engagement platform that enables agencies,
brands, and enterprise organizations to incentivize user behavior and
drive business success. PunchTab's customers use the company's flexible
solutions to deepen audience engagement, drive purchase, and build
awareness by leveraging everything from social sharing and UGC and
awareness campaigns, to sophisticated B2E and B2B programs. PunchTab
offers both an out-of-the-box product and a fully customizable,
white-labeled solution that can reward any action with virtual, social
and real-world rewards. For more information, please visit
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Posted 12:49 PM EST on March 06, 2014
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 02/28/14 --
ADP Dealer Services, Inc., a division of ADP(R) and a leading global
technology solutions provider dedicated to helping dealerships drive
measurable results across every area of their operation, announced today
that due to the overwhelming interest and positive feedback they received
surrounding their Fixed Ops Expos, they will be launching a new round of
Dealer Solutions Expos for automotive retail dealers. They will be
thought leadership events designed to show what successful dealerships
are doing to change the way they do business in order to meet
technology-driven consumers' demand.
Last year, over 600 dealers attended 25 expos across the country, touting
them as very insightful and informative. One dealer described their
experience as the "best three-hour time investment I've made in a long
ADP Dealer Services will offer dealers a unique opportunity to join an
interactive discussion with industry thought leaders as well as their
peers during each event. The first subject will feature automotive retail
expert, Mike Stoll, presenting, "How to Optimize Your Front Office for
Maximum Customer Retention" and business security expert, Jim Foote,
presenting "Who Let the Data Out?". They will each share strategic best
practices and insider knowledge designed to give attendees a competitive
edge around customer retention and security.
These expos are a key pillar in Dealer Services' strategy to provide
insights that help their dealer clients transform how vehicles are
marketed, sold, and serviced using technology.
The Dealer Solutions Expos is open to all dealership management across
the country and will begin in early March, extending throughout 2014. For
more information or to register for an event in your area, please visit
our website, email email@example.com or call 866.722.1844.
With more than $11 billion in revenues and more than 60 years
of experience, ADP(R) (NASDAQ: ADP) serves approximately 620,000 clients
in more than 125 countries. As one of the world's largest providers of
business outsourcing and Human Capital Management solutions, ADP offers a
wide range of human resource, payroll, talent management, tax and
benefits administration solutions from a single source, and helps clients
comply with regulatory and legislative changes, such as the Affordable
Care Act (ACA). ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide
superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading
provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle,
marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the
world. For more information about ADP, visit the company's Web site at
The ADP logo and ADP are registered trademarks of ADP, Inc. All other
marks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright Copyright
2014 ADP, Inc.
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Posted 5:27 AM EST on February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 02/26/14 --
The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors(R)
President Steve Brown:
"NAR supports reforms that promote economic growth, but we strongly
oppose severely altering the rules that govern ownership and investment
in real estate. Real estate powers almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy,
employs more than 17 million Americans, and contributes a quarter of all
federal and state tax revenue and as much as 70 percent of local taxes.
"We are extremely disappointed with several of the provisions contained
in U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's tax reform draft
released today, namely proposed limits on the mortgage interest deduction
and capital gains, and the repeal of deductions for state and local
property taxes. These proposed changes to the taxation of real estate
will impact every single American, either directly or indirectly.
"NAR will carefully analyze the details of the Chairman's plan so we can
best educate Congress and the public about how this plan would impact the
owners, consumers, and producers of both residential and commercial real
The National Association of Realtors(R), "The Voice for Real Estate," is
America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members
involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate
Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. This and other
news releases are posted in the "News, Blogs and Videos" tab on the
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Posted 5:26 AM EST on February 26, 2014
Last Update on November 21, 2014 18:31 GMT
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.
On top of the rate cut, Chinese authorities promised to inject credit into the financial system if needed.
The People's Bank of China said it is trying to address "financing difficulties" caused by a shortage of credit. It also said the move was not a change in monetary policy and economic conditions are within an "appropriate range."
China's economic growth fell to a five-year low of 7.3 percent in the latest quarter and manufacturing and other indicators are declining. That has prompted suggestions Beijing might intervene to prop up growth.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the chief monetary authority for the eurozone is willing to "step up the pressure" and broaden its stimulus efforts to help the struggling economy.
Draghi said Friday at a banking congress in Frankfurt, Germany that if current efforts do not achieve the desired effect the ECB could "broaden even more the channels through which we intervene."
The ECB has already lowered its benchmark interest rate to near zero and started purchasing bonds made up of bank loans to companies -- an effort to boost lending and economic activity.
Some economists think the bank could widen the bond purchases to include corporate or government bonds in an effort to pump newly created money into the financial system -- so-called quantitative easing, or QE.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.
The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Rates were unchanged in 11 states.
Nationwide, employers added 214,000 jobs in October, the ninth straight month of gains above 200,000. That's the longest such stretch since 1995. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, a six-year low, from 5.9 percent. Steady economic growth has prompted more companies to add jobs, though the additional hiring hasn't yet boosted wages.
Georgia had the highest unemployment rate, at 7.7 percent, though that was down from 7.9 percent in September. North Dakota continued to have the lowest rate, at 2.8 percent.
DETROIT (AP) -- Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.
The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.
Toyota says the cars' fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against corrosion. Some lines could have been built with particles coming in contact with a gasket. That can cause the sealing property to deteriorate and cause fuel leaks.
Toyota says it's not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem. The company found it after getting complaints of fuel odors.
Dealers will repair the gasket seating surface at no cost to owners.
Some of the Lexuses were recalled in 2009 to fix leaks in aluminum fuel pipes.
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's transport ministry has told air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the U.S. and other countries.
Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said Friday that the ministry ordered Takata Corp. to conduct its own investigation into the air bags and report back. The ministry's direct instruction to an auto parts maker is considered rare.
The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to study whether additional recalls are needed at home following a U.S. decision to expand recalls nationwide from an earlier measure limited to high-humidity zones.
Takata air bags can inflate with excessive force, sending metal shrapnel toward the driver and passengers. The problems have caused six deaths and dozens of injuries.
FORD PICKUP-FUEL ECONOMY
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford says its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.
The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine.
Fuel economy is a key data point for the new F-150, which is arriving at dealerships this week. Ford shaved 700 pounds off the weight of the truck by switching the body from steel to lightweight aluminum, a dramatic change for the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.
The F-150 will get 26 mpg on the highway with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, which is a $495 option. That is 13 percent better than the outgoing truck's 23 mpg.
ETHANOL IN GASOLINE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.
Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time. The decision angered corn growers and ethanol companies who have since lobbied the government to reverse the decision.
The EPA said Friday it expects to make a final decision next year.
The ethanol targets are required by a 2007 law that tried to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and boost the rural economy by requiring oil companies to blend billions of gallons of biofuels into gasoline annually.
Lawmakers did not anticipate fuel economy would improve as much as it has in recent years, reducing overall demand for gasoline.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions would boost the economy by expanding the U.S. labor force and increasing worker productivity. It says average wages would rise over a 10 year period, a claim that Obama critics and even some labor allies dispute.
The report by Obama's Council of Economic Advisers estimates the administrative actions would increase the gross domestic product by $90 billion, or 0.4 percent, over 10 years. It says wages for native workers will rise by 0.3 percent by 2024
The report aims to counter critics such as Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, who say the executive measures would reduce wages and cost American workers' jobs. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka also says Obama's moves to provide access to temporary visas could suppress wages in the tech sector.
Obama's actions could spare nearly 5 million immigrants illegally in the U.S. from deportation and make them eligible for work permits.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo operates much like a cable TV company. As a result, the court said the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV station programs to customers' tablets, phones and other gadgets.
CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement Friday on the company's website that the Supreme Court decision "effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo's technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty."
Kanojia said that the Chapter 11 filing will allow Aereo Inc. to maximize the value of its business while avoiding the cost and distraction of litigation.
PARIS (AP) -- HSBC says it has been placed under formal investigation in France over services it offered to clients required to pay taxes in France.
In a statement Friday, Switzerland-based HSBC Private Bank said French investigators demanded a 50 million euro ($62 million) bond.
France's government is increasingly cracking down on tax dodgers, including establishing an office dedicated solely to investigating financial crimes.
HSBC said the investigation involves the bank's actions from 2006-2007.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister says there should be no intervention in global energy production, even as the country's economy takes a hit from rapidly falling oil prices.
After a meeting with his Saudi counterpart in Moscow, Sergei Lavrov said both Russia and Saudi Arabia did not want oil production targets to be affected by "political or geopolitical designs."
The theory that the United States has manipulated global oil production to bring down prices is a popular theme on state-owned television in Russia, where the economy and state budget are heavily dependent on oil exports.
Also on Monday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told Russian news agencies that the government was reviewing the possibility of lowering oil production, but still wasn't sure whether such a move would be feasible.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A drilling company says a worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC says another worker suffered "visible injury" and two other workers reported ringing in their ears. The company says the three injured workers have been released from the hospital.
Fieldwood says the worker who was killed Thursday was cleaning a piece of equipment that separates oil from water liquids when an "isolated pressure event" occurred. The company says the victim was employed by the Louisiana company Turnkey Cleaning Services, which specializes in cleaning offshore facilities.
The explosion happened on the Echo Platform, which is about 12 miles offshore near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
DOW CHEMICAL-THIRD POINT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dow Chemical Co. says it will add four new members to its board of directors after pressure from hedge fund activist Daniel Loeb's Third Point.
Shares of the specialty chemicals maker rose 2.6 percent to $52.82 in morning trading Friday.
The new additions are Mark Loughridge, Raymond Milchovich, Robert Miller, who will join the board in January. Richard Davis will join in May.
Dow has also agreed to include the group in its nominees for election at the 2015 annual meeting nominate.
In January, Third Point disclosed that it bought a stake in Dow, but did not disclose how many shares it bought. Third Point says Dow is its biggest investment.
As recently as last week, Third Point published a website and video pushing Dow to shake up its board and increase shareholder value.