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,
or calendars made of recycled paper are just some examples of the
eco-friendly customizable products found at EmbroidMe.
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 26, 2014 19:13 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.
The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the highest level since the first week of September. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 6,250 to 294,000.
The increase is unlikely to raise concerns about the broader health of the job market. At least some of the rise occurred because of seasonal layoffs in businesses affected by the cold weather, such as construction. The department seeks to control for such seasonal factors but doesn't always do so perfectly.
Applications had been under 300,000 for 10 straight weeks, an unusually low level that indicates companies are laying off few workers.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers picked up spending by a modest amount in October, a slight improvement after no gain at all in the previous month.
The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.2 percent last month, while September was revised from a decline to a flat reading. Income grew 0.2 percent in October, matching the modest September gain.
Spending is closely watched because it accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. Solid job gains this year are helping to lift spending, which is giving a bolstering the overall economy.
Economic growth came in at a solid 3.9 percent in the July-September quarter. Economists are looking for growth of around 2.5 percent in the current quarter, and they believe 2015 will see further spending gains and growth of around 3 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month.
The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods increased 0.4 percent last month following a 0.9 percent drop in September and an even bigger 18.3 percent plunge in August. The two months of declines reflected big swings in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.
The small October gain was unimpressive, with declines in a number of categories including machinery, computers and primary metals such as steel.
A key category viewed as a proxy for business investment spending fell 1.3 percent in October after a similar 1.3 percent September drop. It was the biggest setback since a 1.4 percent May decline.
NEW HOME SALES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.
The Commerce Department says new home sales advanced 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000. That followed a smaller 0.4 percent gain in September and put sales at the highest point since May.
The strength last month came from a big 15.8 percent increase in sales in the Midwest and a smaller 7.1 percent rise in the Northeast. Those increases offset a 1.9 percent fall in sales in the South, which accounts for half of the new-home market, and a 2.7 percent drop in the West.
Housing has struggled to recover since the recession ended in June 2009.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October as tight credit and lagging wages remained financial hurdles for would-be homebuyers.
The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 1.1 percent the past month to 104.1. The index remains below its 2013 average but is 2.2 percent higher than last October.
Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A one- to two-month lag usually exists between a contract and a completed sale.
Housing has struggled to fully rebound since the recession ended more than five years ago. Many potential buyers lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home, causing them to rent or remain in their existing houses instead of upgrading.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates ticked down for the third straight week, a positive trend for potential homebuyers.
Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage declined to 3.97 percent this week from 3.99 percent last week. Rates are now about a half-point lower than at the beginning of the year.
Long-term mortgage rates fell as low as 3.31 percent toward the end of 2012, partly because of the Federal Reserve's bond-purchase program, which was intended to keep rates low. That program has since ended.
Rates have fallen in recent weeks amid economic slowdowns in Europe and China and the start of a recession in Japan.
The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, was unchanged at 3.17 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November.
The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment rose to 88.8 in November from 86.9 in October. That's the highest since July 2007, five months before the Great Recession began.
The report adds to a mixed picture of U.S. consumers heading into the holiday shopping season. A separate measure of consumer confidence, released Tuesday, fell sharply after reaching its own 7-year high last month. And Americans are spending at a sluggish pace despite a pickup in job creation this year.
Still, the Michigan survey found consumers said they were more likely to spend on big-ticket items such as appliances and autos than at any time since the recession began.
AIR BAG RECALL DEMAND
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety regulators are threatening fines and legal action against Takata Corp. for failing to admit that its driver's-side air bag inflators are defective and should be recalled nationwide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to the company Wednesday detailing the threats, which include a public hearing and possible court action.
Takata of Japan has refused demands for the national recall, saying that a recall limited to high-humidity states is sufficient. But the agency says two inflators have ruptured in cars outside the high-humidity zone, injuring drivers by spewing metal fragments.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says Takata must act quickly or the agency will use all of its authority and resources to get the national recall done.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is announcing steps to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems.
The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for a new, lower threshold for ozone pollution of 65 to 70 parts per billion. That's down from the current standard of 75 parts per billion, put in place by President George W. Bush in 2008.
But the EPA is leaving open the possibility it could enact an even lower standard of 60 parts per billion sought by environmental groups.
The EPA estimates that meeting the stricter rules will cost industry about $3.9 billion in 2025 if the government goes with a standard of 70 parts per billion. At a level of 65 parts per billion, the EPA said, the cost grows to $15 billion.
Industry groups say the cost would actually be far higher and that it would be nearly impossible for refineries and other businesses to comply. But EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says lower ozone standards would actually spur more businesses, investment and jobs by making communities healthier.
The EPA was under a court-ordered Dec. 1 deadline to issue a new smog standard.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.
The unusual veto threat came before the parameters of a potential agreement were even revealed.
Speculation on Capitol Hill on Tuesday focused on a potential agreement to permanently enact tax breaks on business investments in new equipment and research and development, part of a plan that would renew dozens of expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals.
The White House immediately threatened a veto, saying Congress should also make permanent more generous tax credits for the working poor and people with children.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.
Under Obama's actions, immigrants who are spared deportation would be eligible to obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they would pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes.
Not all such immigrants would be entitled to the benefits, however, because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care.