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 March 31, 2015 17:42 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home price increases continued to rise at a steady pace in January, as the housing market deals with affordability problems and few properties listed for sale.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.6 percent in January compared with 12 months earlier. That is up from growth of 4.4 percent in December.
Few Americans have listed their homes for sale, with the tight inventory keeping prices higher. Robust hiring and low mortgage rates have raised the possibility of stronger sales, yet home prices have appreciated at a significantly faster pace than wages.
The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The January figures are the latest available.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An improving job market drove U.S. consumer confidence higher this month after a dip in February.
The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 101.3 in March from revised 98.8 reading in February.
The business group takes into account expectations for the future and consumers' assessment of current conditions. Consumers were more optimistic about the future, but a little less impressed with current economic conditions.
Over the past year, employers have added nearly 3.3 million jobs, the fastest 12-month pace of hiring since 1998. Consumers are certainly acting more confident: Their spending rose at a 4.4 percent annual rate from October through December, the fastest pace in eight years.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has vetoed a congressional measure blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections.
The labor board finalized a rule last December that eliminates a previous 25-day waiting period between the time when an election is called and when the election is held.
Republicans and business groups opposed the rule, arguing that it would limit the ability of businesses to prepare for union elections.
They also said workers wouldn't have enough time to make informed decisions about whether to join a union.
Obama on Tuesday called the labor board's changes "common sense" and "modest" and he vetoed a measure the Republican-controlled Congress sent him nullifying the rule.
The NLRB is an independent federal agency. The rule is set to take effect April 14.
SUPREME COURT-MEDICAID LAWSUIT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says private sector health care companies cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with rising medical costs.
The justices ruled 5-4 Tuesday that the medical companies have no private right to enforce federal Medicaid funding laws against states if Congress has not created such a right.
A 2009 lawsuit against Idaho claimed the state was unfairly keeping Medicaid reimbursement rates at 2006 levels despite studies showing that the cost of providing care had gone up. Lower courts agreed and the increased reimbursements cost Idaho an additional $12 million in 2013.
But the Supreme Court sided with state officials, saying it's up to the federal agencies that oversee Medicaid to decide whether a state is in compliance with reimbursement rules.
SUPREME COURT-SPIDER-MAN TOY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spider-Man's latest adventure is taking him through the strange and mysterious world of patent law.
The Supreme Court was snarled in a web of legal arguments Tuesday over whether an inventor can keep collecting royalties on a Spider-Man toy even after his patent expired.
The dispute involves a popular Web Blaster toy that lets children shoot foam string from a glove, much like the web-shooting super hero.
Inventor Stephen Kimble sold his patent on the toy to Marvel Entertainment in 2001, but Marvel stopped making payments in 2010 when the patent expired.
Kimble wants the high court to overrule a half-century-old case that says a licensing agreement cannot pay royalties after a patent ends. But most of the justices did not seem receptive to doing that.
TRUCK TIRE DANGER
DETROIT (AP) -- There's a little-known danger on the nation's roads from truck tires.
Nearly all truck tires are built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 miles an hour. That's been the standard since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70.
But many tractor-trailers are driven faster than that. Fourteen states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80 and even 85 miles an hour in part of Texas. Some of those states acted without consulting the tire industry.
Safety advocates and tire experts say habitually driving faster than a tire's rated speed can generate excessive heat that damages the rubber, which can lead to wrecks and blowouts.
Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed an investigation into blowouts involving certain Michelin tires after determining that truck operators, not the tires, were at fault. An investigator wrote that exceeding the 75 mile-an-hour rating was the most likely cause in all 16 complaints examined.
The blowouts resulted in three crashes but no injuries.
BERLIN (AP) -- Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week's crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.
Lufthansa spokeswoman Kerstin Lau confirmed a report on the set-aside in the daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday. She said $300 million is the amount currently reserved to deal with "all costs arising in connection with the case."
Last week, the company offered immediate aid of up to 50,000 euros ($54,250) per passenger to relatives of the victims. Those payments are separate from eventual compensation payments.
Prosecutors believe, based on data from the cockpit voice recorder, that the Airbus A320's co-pilot locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf last Tuesday.
Lufthansa said Tuesday that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz informed his flight school in 2009 that he had had a "serious depressive episode." Lufthansa says the note was found in emails that Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school when he resumed his training after an interruption.
The airline said it has provided the documents to prosecutors and declined to make any further comment.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is imposing new sanctions on Syria's government aimed at blunting its weapons programs and pushing it into negotiations with rebels.
The Treasury Department's action targets Batoul Rida, a Syrian central bank official, and three "front companies" that help fund Syria's development of ballistic missiles and nonconventional weapons.
It cites Rida's involvement in cash transfers with U.S.-sanctioned institutions that enable the government's "military campaign against the Syrian people." One of the companies is based in Syria; two are in Lebanon.
The Treasury Department's sanctions chief, Adam Szubin, says Syrian President Bashar Assad's government is a "gross violator of human rights" and engages in "dangerous weapons proliferation."
The U.S. called for Assad to leave power four years ago. But Syria's civil war shows no sign of abating.
CHEMICAL SPILL-WEST VIRGINIA
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Freedom Industries and state regulators have signed an agreement for a cleanup of the site of a 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River.
The cleanup will be done through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Voluntary Remediation Program.
The voluntary remediation agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit reports and work plans to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The company's first deadline is April 20, when it must submit a report on an initial site investigation and interim measures.
A work plan for a human health and ecological risk assessment is due in the third quarter of 2015.
The January 2014 spill at a storage site in Charleston spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.
US Steel to idle part of Minntac; 680 layoffs expected
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. Steel plans to idle part of its Minntac plant in northeastern Minnesota, resulting in layoffs for about 680 workers.
It's the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.
U.S. Steel spokeswoman Courtney Boone says the layoffs at the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron are temporary, but the company can't speculate how long they'll last. Mountain Iron is about 200 miles north of Minneapolis.
Earlier this month U.S. Steel said it would idle its Keetac plant in Keewatin effective May 13, resulting in 412 workers laid off. And Magnetation announced in February that it was shutting down its Keewatin plant, resulting in about 20 job losses.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fast-food labor organizers are expanding the scope of their campaign for $15 an hour and unionization, this time with a day of actions including college campuses.
Kendall Fells, organizing director for Fight for $15, said Tuesday that the protests will take place April 15 and include actions on about 170 college campuses, as well as cities around the country and abroad.
Among those joining fast-food workers and their supporters will be home health care aides and child care and Wal-Mart workers, he said. The plans are a continuation of a campaign that began in late 2012.
The push is being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union and has included demonstrations around the country to build public support for raising pay for fast-food workers.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft is making a cheaper version of its Surface Pro 3 tablet computer in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families.
The new $499 version will have a smaller screen -- 10.8 inches rather than 12 -- a slower processor, and the built-in kickstand won't be as flexible, just three angles rather than the unlimited positions offered on the Pro 3. But the Pro 3 ranges from $799 to $1,949.
A keyboard cover, one of the Surface's distinctive features, will cost $129 extra. Microsoft bills the Surface line as a laptop replacement when used with the cover.
Microsoft Corp. expects to ship the new device around May 5. Advance orders starting immediately.
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS-BRIGHT HOUSE
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Charter Communications Inc. is buying fellow cable operator Bright House Networks LLC in a deal valued at $10.4 billion.
Charter is the fourth-largest cable operator in the U.S, while Bright House is the sixth biggest.
The business will be conducted through a partnership, with Charter owning 73.7 percent and Advance/Newhouse -- the parent company of Bright House -- owning 26.3 percent.
Bright House serves customers in Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.
The transaction is subject to conditions including Charter shareholder approval, the expiration of Time Warner Cable's right of first offer for Bright House and the closing of Charter's previously announced deal with Comcast.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A program to put a dietetics group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on Kraft Singles will reach an early expiration date after an uproar among dietitians.
Kraft Foods says it and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to end the partnership because "misperceptions are overshadowing the campaign."
The decision comes after a petition by dietitians called for an end to the partnership, saying the putting the logo on packages amounted to an endorsement of the cheese product.
Kraft and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said their partnership was intended to raise awareness about inadequate calcium and vitamin D intake in kids.
The logo will start appearing on products this week and will likely remain on shelves until at least July because packaging until then has already been manufactured.