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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 August 01, 2014 17:27 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old economic recovery.
The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent as more Americans started looking for work. Not all found jobs, but the increase suggests that they are more optimistic about their prospects. The jobless aren't counted as unemployed unless they are actively seeking employment.
Average job gains over the past six months reached 244,000 in July, the best such average in eight years.
Still, the employment growth may raise alarms for investors, some of whom fear the Federal Reserve might increase short-term interest rates sooner than expected.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year.
The Commerce Department says consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in June following slower increases of 0.3 percent in May and 0.1 percent in April. It was the best showing since a 0.8 percent surge in spending in March, which reflected a rebound after a harsh winter had kept consumers from the malls and auto showrooms. Consumer spending is closely watched because it accounts for two-thirds of economic activity.
Americans saw earnings rise 0.4 percent in June, matching the May increase. Income growth has lagged in this recovery but has shown recent signs of some acceleration.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. construction spending fell in June by the largest amount in more than three years as housing, non-residential construction and government spending all weakened.
The Commerce Department says construction spending dropped 1.8 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising by a revised 0.8 percent in May. It was the biggest setback since a 2.8 percent fall in January 2011.
The weakness was widespread with spending on housing down for a second straight month, falling 0.3 percent, while non-residential building activity fell 1.6 percent, the biggest decrease since January. Spending on government projects dropped 4 percent, the biggest decline in more than a decade.
The June performance represented a setback to hopes stronger construction activity will help support overall economic growth.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- US manufacturing expanded for the 14th straight month in July.
The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reports that its manufacturing index rose to 57.1, up from 55.3 in June.
Anything above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.
New orders, production and employment at factories rose. Exports declined last month.
The U.S. economy has been showing renewed strength. Economic growth clocked in an impressive 4 percent annual pace from April through June after getting off to a bad start the first three months of the year. And employers added more than 200,000 jobs in July for the sixth straight month.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slipped in July although it remained at levels signaling further gains in consumer spending.
The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment edged down to 81.8 in July from 82.3 in June. The index of consumers' assessment of current conditions rose but the index for expectations dipped slightly from the June reading.
Survey director Richard Curtin says that consumers have yet to interpret the recent gains in jobs and wages as a sign of more robust hiring and economic growth in the future.
The final reading for the sentiment gauge for July was a slight improvement over a preliminary reading of 81.3.
DETROIT (AP) -- Big discounts are putting some sizzle in summer auto sales.
Analysts say it could be the best July for the industry since 2006.
General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler area all reporting big gains over last July. Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.
Generous summer discounts helped boost sales. Automakers typically offer deals in the summer to clear out inventory before cars from the new model year arrive in the fall. But July's discounts were unusually high.
DETROIT (AP) -- Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems.
The biggest of three recalls postToyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains and General Motors' sales were up 9 percent over last July. Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.
ed Friday on a U.S. government website is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states.
The Korean automaker also is recalling 133,075 Sonata midsize cars from 2011 because brake fluid can leak and cause increased stopping distances.
And it's recalling 61,122 Veracruz SUVs because oil can leak onto the alternator, causing it to fail. That could cause the engine to stall.
Hyundai says the problems haven't caused any crashes or injuries. The recalls are expected to start by the end of September.
HARLEY-IGNITION SWITCH RECALL
DETROIT (AP) -- Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.
Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider bikes because engine vibration can turn the switches from "run" to "accessory."
The recall covers motorcycles from the 2014 1/2 model year. If the motorcycles have been modified to rev higher than 5,600 RPMs, an engine mount bracket can vibrate excessively, causing the problem.
If the switch goes to "accessory," the engine can shut off while being driven and potentially cause a crash. The company says there have been no crashes or injuries reported from the problem.
Dealers will replace the bracket assembly and ignition switch knob for free. Harley began notifying owners in late July.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Citigroup Inc. says it's been told by the Securities and Exchange Commission that the agency has completed its investigation of the bank's conduct regarding mortgage bonds and won't bring further enforcement action.
Citigroup said in a regulatory filing Friday that it received the information from the SEC this week.
The SEC has filed a series of cases against Citigroup and other big Wall Street banks in recent years over their sales of securities backed by risky mortgages ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. The banks have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to settle the SEC charges. The five-year statute of limitations for filing such civil cases has imposed a deadline on the agency for bringing enforcement actions.
SEC spokesman John Nester declined to comment.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products over more than eight years.
In the dispute, the United States alleged that HP failed to comply with pricing terms of its contract with the Postal Service. It also alleged the company misrepresented its pricing during contract negotiations and its plans to ensure it would bill at the required most-favored-customer rate.
The overcharging allegedly occurred between October 2001 and December 2010.
The Justice Department said Friday that the claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only. There's been no determination of liability.
HP is based in Palo Alto, California. Its stock fell 45 cents to $35.16 in morning trading.
COAL ASH SPILL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The nation's largest public utility has agreed to pay more than $27 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.
The 2008 spill happened when a containment dike burst at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, releasing more than 5 million cubic yards of ash from a storage pond. The sludge flowed into a river and spoiled hundreds of acres in a riverside community 35 miles west of Knoxville.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Varlan ruled in 2012 that TVA was liable for the spill. He wrote that if TVA had followed its own policies, the problems that led to the dike failure would have been investigated and addressed.
The settlement with more than 800 property owners was announced on Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is attempting to cut down on thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.
Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. Those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens. More inspectors would check facilities to make sure they are clean.
The Agriculture Department says the move could cut down on 5,000 foodborne illnesses annually. The changes would be voluntary, but many of the country's largest poultry companies are expected to opt in. The chicken and turkey industries swiftly praised the new rules.