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       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."
       About EmbroidMe
      With hundreds of Resource Centers around the world,
     EmbroidMe is the most comprehensive source for promotional apparel,
     premiums, and advertising specialties, providing its promotional partners
     with full-service custom embroidery and screen-printing for apparel. For
     more information about customized promotional products and to view this
     and additional releases, visit the EmbroidMe News & Press Release section
     of embroidme.com. EmbroidMe's on-site specialists are ready to provide
     you with first-class service and products of the highest quality; just
     click EmbroidMe Locations to find the Resource Center nearest you.
       Media Contact:
     Christine Marion, MAS
     cmarion@embroidme.com
     P: 561-713-2503
       AP-WF-03-21-14 1926GMT

    Posted 5:30 AM EDT on March 21, 2014

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       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.
       AP-WF-03-20-14 2110GMT

    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
     platform."
       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,"
     Bajarin reports.
       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
     www.punchtab.com/developer.
       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
     www.punchtab.com.
       Media Contacts:
     Ben Barenholtz
     Sparkpr for PunchTab
     ben@sparkpr.com
     415.241.5207
     Robyn Hannah
     PunchTab
     robyn@punchtab.com
     408.823.3863
       AP-WF-03-06-14 1315GMT

    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
     time."
       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 events@adp.com or call 866.722.1844.
       About ADP
      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
     www.adp.com.
       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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       Media Contact:
     Michelle Benko
     ADP Dealer Services
     michelle.benko@adp.com
     847.485.4389
       AP-WF-02-28-14 1106GMT

    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
     estate."
       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
     industries.
       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
     website.
       For further information contact:
     Jenny Werwa
     202-383-1193
     jwerwa@realtors.org
       AP-WF-02-26-14 2105GMT

    Posted 5:26 AM EST on February 26, 2014

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