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2Feb/140

50 Years Old and Still Bounding Over the Counter: Klines Healthcare Practice Continues to Deliver Unmatched OTC Market Intelligence


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB UK) 24 September 2013

With over half a century of market insights on the U.S. consumer healthcare market, Kline & Company expects that new paradigm shifts in regulations, retail, and technology will create new opportunities for medications to move along the Rx-to-OTC continuum and more growth prospects for the U.S. OTC market. Additionally, with the OTC medication market in the United States nearing $ 23 billion in 2012 alone and with the FDA - through its recent NSURE (Nonprescription Safe Use Regulatory Expansion) initiative - showing encouraging indications that it is becoming more receptive to allowing more Rx-to-OTC switches, the U.S. OTC market is fast returning to pre-recession health.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Kline’s distinguished Nonprescription Drugs USA report continues to provide the most comprehensive market intelligence expanding its longstanding OTC drugs industry know-how to include indispensable research on related topics including Natural OTCs, OTC Retailing, OTC Innovations, Impact of Recessions on the U.S. OTC Market, OTC Drugs: U.S. Competitor Cost Structures, OTC Consumer/Shopper Insights and a series of reports on Rx-to-OTC Switch.

In recent years, the U.S. OTC market has been hindered by significant product recalls by major players, with the resultant vacuum - abetted by recession-affected ever cost-conscious consumers - largely claimed by private-label alternatives. Laura Mahecha, industry manager at Kline’s Healthcare Practice, adds, “The impact and profound magnitude of ongoing economic uncertainty is borne out by more than half of respondents in a recent Kline survey disclosing that they’d changed how they purchased OTC drugs. Specifically, nearly a quarter of those surveyed choose private label OTC drugs whenever possible because of their perceived cost advantage.”

Despite the stronghold private-label products have on the market and the highly competitive nature of this market, there is still room for OTC brands to grow and prosper in the coming years with increased focus from major companies on innovations, new product launches and line extensions, and strategic marketing plans.

Currently, Rx-to-OTC switches continue to be a major force driving the OTC market as they increasingly involve large widely used products and drive demand by bringing ex-Rx users to the OTC market. Major Rx-to-OTC switches introduced since 1976 account for nearly $ 4,555 million in sales in 2012 and represent 32.8% of overall OTC sales (excluding home diagnostics, vitamins and minerals, and herbal products). The increased numbers of switch approvals by the FDA are expected to lead to future gains for the U.S. OTC market and could even create brand new, never-before-available-without-a-prescription categories.

The U.S. OTC market has evolved markedly, beginning with the FDA establishing an OTC review/Monograph system in the 1970s and the landmark Rx-to-OTC switch of hydrocortisone and its subsequent inclusion in OTC first-aid and anti-itch medications. The 1980s saw a recession fuelled spike in private-label OTC sales and the approval of ibuprofen as an OTC drug, in addition to the approval of many allergy, cough, and cold ingredients bringing brands like Nyquil, Benadryl, Triaminic, and Actifed to market.

View our 50 year overview graphic on Evolution of the U.S. OTC Market 1963-2013.

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There are challenges for OTC marketers including but not limited to private-label competition, retailer SKU rationalization, cost-conscious consumers, consolidated number of competitors, and increased scrutiny of manufacturing and quality assurance procedures. However, opportunities exist to see increased levels of growth over the next few years for the companies that have solid brands, good claims, strategic marketing, a steady stream of innovations and line extensions, and efficient and compliant processes.







15Jan/130

Alpine Publishing Continues Cyber Monday for Charity


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) December 03, 2012

http;//alpinepublishing.com [Childrens book publisher __title__ ], Alpine Publishing is extending its Cyber Monday deals with a new sales offer and a nice perk buy three books or CDs and receive the fourth book or CD for free, and in addition the company will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the charity of the buyers choice.

The Nevada-based publishing company offers colorful storybooks for children, such as Laughing Day, Chip the Little Computer, and the Frog Who Couldnt Jump. All are perfect gifts for the kids or relatives.

"Laughing Day is charming and does exactly what you say it will (delivers a message that will help children throughout their lives), said Charlton Heston, a reviewer on Alpines website.

In addition to childrens books, Alpine Publishing suggest their health and wellness book on slimming down and getting fit called The Best RED Book on Weight Control. The book helps people customize a diet that will fit their nutritional needs, how to get in shape, the best sources of nutrition, the psychological tools necessary to change your eating habits, and more.

"The Best RED Book on Weight Control is a commonsense road map for every day wellness. If weight modification is your goal, it will plot your course. If leading a healthier life and increasing its quality are important to you, follow its guide, said Dr. Andrew l. Kulik, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.

Alpine Publishers main goal is to provide quality books and CDs that promote a healthy and happy body, mind, and spirit. If our books bring joy and health to our readers, then we are satisfied, said Marti Avila, owner of Alpine Publishing.

Order their books and CDs toll free at 1-800-549-7080 or shop online at alpinepublishing.com.

About Alpine Publishing:

Alpine Publishing is a publisher of childrens books, as well as health and lifestyle books and CDs. Located in Las Vegas, NV, their goal is provide quality books that promote a healthy and happy body, mind and spirit. Marti Avila has been working with Alpine Publishing since 1995 as a partner, then bought the business in February of 2008. Since then, shes made it a point to publish books that teach children valuable lessons and give them a head start in life.







28Dec/120

Exinda Continues to Accelerate as Market Embraces Next-Generation Application Assurance Solutions


Boston, Mass. (PRWEB) October 29, 2012

Exinda, a global provider of WAN Optimization 2.0 and application performance assurance solutions, continues to show strong global momentum as it reports several strategic expansions and market results. The companys strong growth was highlighted today with several key announcements, including record breaking sales for the third quarter, rapid expansion of the engineering and support organizations, and several notable awards for leadership within key vertical industry segments.

2012 has been a very strong year for Exinda as customers around the world are embracing the companys WAN Optimization 2.0 solutions, said Exinda CEO Michael Sharma. As corporate IT priorities continue to evolve away from throughput maximization and towards predictable user experience, Exinda is rising to the top. Our focus on application assurance and our ability to provide network administrators a unique level of control to view and shape traffic will continue to reap rewards as we move forward.

Exinda continues to grow its engineering and support organizations to accelerate the companys research and development roadmap. Much of the employee growth has come in Waterloo, Ontario, which has become a strategic location for recruitment of new engineering talent. Waterloo is home to one of the top five computer science universities in North America, and, with other large communications companies also located nearby, offers a strong recruiting pool to further grow the organization. More than 20 positions will be added by the end of 2013 to further meet the demand by Exindas customers.

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14Dec/120

QuickLabel Announces New QuickLabel College Lab, Continues Its Commitment to Customer Success


West Warwick, RI (PRWEB) October 19, 2012

QuickLabel Systems, a brand of Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT), held an official ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate its newly revamped QuickLabel College Lab. The new training facility will foster a learning environment where QuickLabel customers will be thoroughly educated in how to use their QuickLabel digital color label printer and labeling software. The new Lab follows a 10,000 square ft. expansion of its label factory in 2010 and underscores Astro-Meds continued commitment to manufacturing in Rhode Island and to providing long-term customer support.

As he inaugurated the new lab with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and invited QuickLabel employees and customers in to tour the new Lab for the first time, Mark Paul, Technical Support and Training Manager, said, This is Lab is an investment in our customers. Since 1994, weve hosted 319 classes and over 1,000 students have come through these doors to learn the ins and outs of our products. We look forward to training thousands more.

QuickLabel College instruction spans the course of 2 days. Any company that purchases a QuickLabel production-capacity digital color label printer such as the Kiaro!, Vivo! Touch, QLS-4100 Xe, or QLS-3000 Xe is entitled to send two employees to attend QuickLabel College free of charge. The skills learned while attending QuickLabel College include how to turn your label artwork designs into stunning printed labels, how to properly maintain your label printer for longevity and high functionality, and how to utilize the features of Custom QuickLabel

20Nov/120

Phonezoo.com Continues Strong Growth with Second Consecutive Hitwise US Top 10 Award

Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2009

Phonezoo's website has ranked 6th in the Mobile entertainment online industry based on the market share of US visits it received for October-December of 2008.

The Hitwise US Top 10 Awards Program celebrates the most successful US websites in 160+ online industries. As Hitwise reports on the anonymous online usage and search behavior of more than 10 million US Internet users--the largest online sample of its kind--this unique awards program recognizes excellence in online performance through public popularity.

Phonezoo Communications, Inc. is based in Sunnyvale, CA, and focuses on making it extremely easy for users to customize their mobile phones with the free ringtones, photos and games that best suit their personality. Phonezoo also makes it easy to keep track of the people that are important to the users with feeds on the website, via email, on the mobile (WAP) site and/or by a text message.

Ram Ramkumar, Phonezoo's Co-founder and CEO, says "The continued success of Phonezoo reflects our belief in keeping the site simple and focused. We strive hard to provide the users a great experience and help them get to what they are looking for quickly and easily."

"Over the next few months we will focus on expanding the user base and expand revenue streams beyond advertising. Our recent launch of the virtual gift store on Phonezoo.com is a first step in that direction."

About Phonezoo Communications, Inc

Phonezoo.com is a next-generation mobile content site. By bridging the web and the mobile, Phonezoo has enabled effortless content creation, discovery, download and mobile personalization experience. It has revolutionized the mobile content marketplace by applying the ideas of user-created content and the power of the community.

Since its launch, Phonezoo has become a leading mobile social media and entertainment site in North America with more than seven million users. Every day, hundreds of thousands of contents are created, discovered, and downloaded by members of the Phonezoo community.

About Hitwise

Hitwise is the leading online competitive intelligence service. Only Hitwise provides its 1,400 clients around the world with daily insights on how their customers interact with a broad range of competitive websites, and how their competitors use different tactics to attract online customers.

Since 1997, Hitwise has pioneered a unique, network-based approach to Internet measurement. Through relationships with ISPs around the world, Hitwise's patented methodology anonymously captures the online usage, search and conversion behavior of 25 million Internet users. This unprecedented volume of Internet usage data is seamlessly integrated into an easy to use, web-based service, designed to help marketers better plan, implement, and report on a range of online marketing programs.

Hitwise, a subsidiary of Experian (FTS: EXPN) http://www.experiangroup.com operates in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. More information about Hitwise is available at http://www.hitwise.com.

For up to date analysis of online trends, please visit the Hitwise Intelligence-Analyst Weblogs at http://weblogs.hitwise.com and the Hitwise Data Center at http://www.hitwise.com/datacenter.

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17Nov/120

ShopRite Continues its Ongoing “Green” Efforts and Offers the First Certified Biodegradable and Compostable Reusable Grocery Bag in the United States

Keasbey, NJ (PRWEB) August 28, 2012

ShopRite is introducing Americas first durable yet compostable non-woven reusable shopping bag. The bag will be offered in selected ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. For more than 30 years, ShopRite has been dedicated to preserving the environment and conserving natural resources and consistently works to procure green products to offer to its customers.

ShopRite has a long history of innovation and we continue to look for new ways to 'green' our business practices, said Karen Meleta, ShopRite spokesperson. We are proud to be the first retailer in the United States to offer these alternative new bags to our customers.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, ShopRite stores promote the use and purchase of reusable shopping bags and offer a rebate to consumers using non-disposable bags. These incentives have encouraged shoppers to be more conscientious in the use and reuse of shopping bags. In 2011, more than 58 million bags were reused by ShopRite customers and in the last five years ShopRite customers have kept almost 200 million bags out of landfills.

In its continuing efforts to offer new and innovative sustainable alternatives, ShopRite is working with Burbank, CA-based Earthwise Bag Company, Inc., the exclusive supplier of these biodegradable and compostable bags. This new 100% biodegradable and compostable non-woven shopping bag is manufactured from a combination of corn and tapioca fibers, using by-products from the food manufacturing process. This re-use of waste materials further reduces materials entering the waste stream. The bags are printed with water-based inks, sewn with cotton thread, contain no petroleum and are non-toxic and carry the ASTM 6400 certification, a national standard for biodegradability and compostability awarded by the U.S. Composting Council. They also carry a distinctive leaf embossing, which sets them apart from other bags in the marketplace.

The new bags will serve customers for at least 100 uses and can be composted at a commercial composting facility, where they will biodegrade within 90 days. These bags are machine washable and durable as they have been tested to hold 50+ lbs.

We continue to encourage our customers to move toward reusable bags whenever possible and we are making more products available to consumers that are green or more sustainable by design, and we are making sure these products are available as interest in them increases.

For more information on where you can purchase your 100% biodegradable and compostable reusable shopping bag at a ShopRite near you, visit http://www.shoprite.com today.

If you would like more information on purchasing the 100% biodegradable and compostable bags for your supermarket, prospective wholesale partners may contact Earthwise Bag Company, Inc. through their website at http://www.earthwisebags.com.

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With nearly 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners in Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $ 27 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGAs ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $ 24 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit http://www.ShopRite.com.

About Earthwise Bag Company, Inc.

Headquartered in Burbank, CA, Earthwise is the leading manufacturer of reusable bags in the U.S. They specialize in providing a full line of shopping bags, multi-use totes, insulated bags, wine totes and produce bags that combine functionality and aesthetics, offering a great reusable option at a very affordable price. They can also be fully customized, with a variety of colors to choose from and the option to display personal initials, graphics, messages, or a company logo. Earthwise is the brand of eco-friendly products that inspire responsibility and accountability because a fresh approach to feeling good about your planet should be simple, feel comfortable, and bring peace of mind. For more information, please visit http://www.earthwisebags.com.







24Sep/120

LogiXML Continues Aggressive Expansion of Partner Program in U.S. and Europe

McLean, VA (PRWEB) July 25, 2012

LogiXML, the pioneer of web-based business intelligence (BI), today announced that it added seven companies to its Partner Program as the market demand for its analytics, dashboard, and reporting technology continues to increase.

Firms that serve the BI needs of other companies understand the need for a technology that lets them deliver results more quickly, and with less drain on resources, said Brett Jackson, CEO, LogiXML. We are excited about the enthusiastic response weve received from partners. They recognize the power and versatility of our product and what that combination can do for both their clients as well as their own bottom lines.

LogiXML software is a highly agile and scalable information platform that can be used to deliver or embed interactive analytics across almost every key operational system in a customers business. Its code-free development environment allows rapid creation of analytic applications designed around business user needs, expanding BI usage across an entire organization, resulting in more value and more opportunities with each customer engagement. LogiXMLs new partners include:

Atcore Systems is a leader in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) design, implementation and consulting arena. While Atcore engineers provide a wide range of systems solutions, a majority of their work is focused within the SugarCRM, LogiXML, and Expression Engine platforms. By optimizing SugarCRM for both the business and users, Atcore ensures the highest possible level of adoption across the enterprise. Professional specialties include strategic CRM consulting, marketing automation, system and data integration, as well as CRM interface optimization.

The decision to partner with LogiXML was an easy one for us. The possibilities made available through LogiXMLs business intelligence platform provide a new level of full-bodied reporting and dashboard capabilities that our clients won't find anywhere else, said Josh Sweeny, CEO, Atcore.

infoMENTUM is a UK-based, enterprise content management and information management systems consulting company focused on helping customers achieve their knowledge management goals through the design, deployment, and support of solutions based on Oracle Webcenter and Fusion Middleware.

"LogiXML is perfectly suited to meet the needs our customers have on information collaboration platforms. It helps us in the strategy to combine content and data," said Vikram Setia, director, infoMENTUM.

Intricity provides the expertise required to organizations implement best practices in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (BI), and Enterprise Information Management (EIM).

JustBusinessResults, Inc. helps organizations address their key challenges and take action to improve business results. Supported by a proven, value-based collaborative implementation approach, their clients implement one or more leading solutions to ensure sustained business improvement. Solutions include business intelligence, cloud-based solutions such as project management or customer relationship management, and collaboration services, deployed in industries such as services (oil and gas, construction and consulting), technology and not-for-profit.

The LogiXML partner program helped us get up to speed quickly and build a well-qualified pipeline. It is easily one of the best partnering experiences I have had in my 20 plus years in the industry. In addition to their great partner support, LogiXMLs agile BI solutions are intuitive, demo well, and provide end-users with quick payback, which is essential for reseller success, said Kalvin MacDonald, project manager, JustBusinessResults, Inc.

MagicLamp Software is an innovative, client focused information technology company that designs, develops and integrates enterprise products and services, using a broad range of leading and emerging advanced technologies. The company has a proven track record of delivering seamless, enterprise-wide solutions in complex, time-sensitive and diverse environments, across different industries and platforms, working collaboratively with clients and through partners. MagicLamp Software has been providing independent, world-class software development and consulting services since 2003. To offer clients the most effective business solutions, MagicLamp Software applies expertise in core technologies such as: FileNet; WebSphere; SOA (ESB/BPEL); Enterprise Java; SAP (ES); .Net; eForms & Project Management (PMP). With exceptional technical skills and capabilities, MagicLamp Software is committed to providing high quality IT solutions and services to solve client business challenges. Our reputation is built on many successful engagements in the public and private sectors, recognized for unsurpassed technical excellence, value and client satisfaction.

"By aligning with LogiXML, MagicLamp Software is able to provide a feature rich, truly adaptable business intelligence tool that 'wows our clients, and yet does not break their budget, said Steven Bronken, vice president of sales, MagicLamp Software.

The Sirocco Group provides business intelligence across multiple industry segments including health care (payer and provider), manufacturing, logistics, and other industries. The Sirocco Group strives to find technologies that will allow customers to quickly turn their data into knowledge so that they can gain real value quickly while improving their internal and competitive business intelligence environments.

"The Sirocco Group decided to partner with LogiXML because of their passion for "Time to Value" and because of the underlying architecture of the LogiXML solution. We believe that any technology we select must allow us to bring value to the customer quickly and must allow us to transfer our knowledge and processes related to that technology to the customer, so that they can become self sufficient. LogiXML clearly meets these requirements, said Wayne Schmidt, President, Sirocco Group.

Tagra is a UK-based business intelligence reporting and data warehousing solutions provider. They specialize in identifying, measuring and reporting the KPIs for enhanced performance management through BI tools and their analytics applications aligned to an organizations business processes. They automate and integrate relevant financial, HR and operational data through an extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) process using a packaged analytics suite.

"The LogiXML user license model is perfectly aligned to how our customers want to purchase software. The time and effort to deliver a LogiXML solution is remarkable in comparison to other BI packages. By removing the on-going costs of legacy BI products, the ROI is extremely short, offering unprecedented value for money," said Jeremy Gibson, sales manager, Tagra.

In addition to the many advantages of LogiXMLs products, LogiXML partners are also able to leverage numerous partner program benefits, including dedicated account management, lead generation, and marketing support. Earlier this year and in 2011, LogiXML was positioned in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, where its products ranked among the highest for ease of use, overall product functionality, support, product quality, performance, and customer experience.

For more information about LogiXML Partner Program, click here.

About LogiXML

Founded in 2000, LogiXML provides businesses the fastest and easiest way to deliver business analytics, dashboards, and reports to a broad range of users, as well as to embed them into existing applications all for a fraction of the cost of other solutions. Unlike traditional Business Intelligence platforms that are complex and costly, LogiXMLs agile technology allows organizations to rapidly develop, deploy, and adapt

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11Sep/120

Infocasts Debut Biomass Trade & Transport Summit Continues to Gain Steam


Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) July 10, 2012

Infocast, the leading event producer of networking and business intelligence events in the bio industry, is set to host its first Biomass Trade & Transport Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 16-18, 2012. The Summit provides an unprecedented opportunity for companies to meet and network with important industry professionals who will play major roles in creating the international biomass trade and transport infrastructures of the future.

European and Asian government initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have led to an increase in foreign demand of US export of biomass to serve as the substitution for coal. According to Wood Resources International, a leading forest industry consulting firm, more than 2 million tons of wood pellets were shipped in 2011, a 300% increase from 2008. Foreign demand for US export of wood pellets alone is projected to increase from approximately 10 million metric tons in 2009 to over 50 million by 2020.

Despite the lucrative opportunities in the biomass industry, there are challenges and obstacles to overcome, such as maintaining wood supply availability, port infrastructure improvements and maximizing logistical efficiency.

Summit Chairman Dr. William Strauss, President of FutureMetrics, and Joseph J. James, latest appointee to the Federal Biomass Advisory Committee and President of Agri-Tech Producers, LLC., are among the superb cast of speakers set to share industry insights, valuable strategies, latest trends and more in the main event. Other speakers include European utilities, US pellet and biomass producers, port and stevedoring representatives, shippers, rail, barge and trucking companies, supply chain players and various other key stakeholders.

In the pre-Summit workshop, Jonathan Rager, Principal at Poyry Management Consulting Inc., will discuss topics such as the viability of North America to supply a reliable, long-term flow of biomass, and what infrastructures are required for efficient biomass logistics in a supply chain. The workshop will incorporate detailed analyses of wood fiber supply and prices, profiles of suppliers, competition from alternative uses and transport restraints.

For more information on the event, to REGISTER, or to join as a sponsor or a partner for the Biomass Trade & Transport Summit, visit http://www.infocastinc.com/biotrade or call Alice Barsoomian at 818-888-4445 x19.







15Jul/120

Fastrax Enhances the Worlds Smallest GPS Antenna Module, Continues GNSS Module Portfolio Optimization


Helsinki, Finland (PRWEB UK) 13 June 2012

Fastrax Ltd., a pioneering developer of high performance GNSS receivers and Software GNSS solutions for location-aware devices, today introduced the Fastrax UC530 - a new edition of the worlds smallest OEM GPS receiver with an integrated chip antenna. The module features the same ultra small form factor as the widely popular Fastrax UC430, while providing new benefits to designers, developers and manufacturers of handheld digital devices.

The Fastrax UC530 features the highest sensitivity on the market (-165 dBm in tracking) and extremely low power consumption, typically only 45 mW average power. The antenna module is easily embeddable in space-restricted environments thanks to its tiny footprint of 9.6 x 14.0 x 1.95 mm and extended input voltage range of +3.0V+4.3V. The ability to directly connect the module to a lithium battery allows hardware designers to omit cost-adding regulators. Full SMT design reduces the need for external components and minimizes manufacturing costs.

The integrated chip antenna of the Fastrax UC530 exhibits significantly better radiation efficiency than small patch antennas and performs well against larger and heavier patch antennas. Its circular radiation pattern brings flexibility to hardware design. The optional connectivity to an external GPS antenna extends the applicability of the module to a wider range of devices from handheld computers to asset tracking systems. When the optional external antenna is used, the embedded antenna works as a low-cost back up.

The new power-saving AlwaysLocate mode prolongs battery life while maintaining location information, similarly to the newly introduced Fastrax IT530 GPS receiver module. Depending on the environment and motion, the module adjusts its navigation activity to balance positioning accuracy, fix rate and power consumption. In addition, the Embedded Assist System (EASY) reduces warm-start TTFF by up to 90% with autonomously calculated ephemeris data for next three days. The additional server-assisted EPO file transfer extends the external A-GPS service to up to 14 days when desired.

Location-aware features and applications are increasingly becoming mainstream in all sorts of digital devices, which is equally exciting for users as it is challenging for hardware providers, said Fredrik Borgstr

7Jul/120

Education Matching Service College Complete Spokesman Justin Lofton Continues Hot Streak in Kansas with Seventh Place Run in his NASCAR truck


Sea Cliff, NY (PRWEB) April 23, 2012

Justin Lofton tallied his fourth straight top-10 run on Saturday at Kansas Speedway, continuing his strong start to the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season. Lofton started the SFP 250 from the third position, and after his No. 6 College Complete (http://www.collegecomplete.com, 877.543.2655) team adjusted on his Chevrolet throughout the day, crossed the finish line in the seventh position.

"I am so proud of these guys on this College Complete team. We battled with the truck a little bit out there. It was pretty aero tight. We made a few adjustments and it helped a little bit. For some reason I was off just a small amount on a few of those restarts, but we'll take seventh. You know it's a good day when you are upset about a top-10," Lofton said.

Lofton began his visit in Kansas early, spending the day Thursday at Fort Riley Army base. The visit was Lofton's third in as many years. This time, he brought along his entire No. 6 College Complete Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team. On Saturday, Lofton was joined by two dozen soldiers from Fort Riley for the 167-lap race. Knowing that many of the soldiers who were on hand had just returned from a deployment overseas, Lofton was motivated to bring home a strong run for them.

Once the green flag waved at the 1.5-mile Kansas track, it took only two laps for the field to see a caution flag. On lap 37, the yellow was out again, allowing Lofton to make his first pit stop of the race. He pulled down pit road to the attention of his College Complete team for four tires, fuel, and a spring rubber adjustment. The No. 6 team pulled into the pits in fifth, and after a solid stop, rejoined the race in fifth.

As the race went on, the only complaint Lofton had was that his Chevrolet seemed to be riding a little rough on the right side, noting that the truck was battling an aero-tight condition.

With just under 100 laps left to run, Bormann called him down pit road for another pit stop. After pulling back on track however, the yellow flag waved, putting Lofton 13th for the restart.

Less than six laps later, he had muscled his way back into the top-10. The California racer continued his charge until being called down pit road once they hit their fuel window 17 laps from the finish. Bormann opted for two tires only, sending Lofton back on track in 14th.

As the stops cycled through the field and the laps clicked down, Lofton wheeled his way into the seventh position. The result gave him his fourth straight top-10 finish. Just four races into the 2012 season, Lofton has already surpassed his top-10 count from 2011. He is currently third in the driver point standings, 11 points out of the top spot.

Lofton and his College Complete ESR team will observe a few off weeks in truck competition before returning to the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18th.

Lofton however, will not be too far from a race vehicle, as he plans on running two off-road events in his No. 77 class 1500 General Tire / College Complete buggy.

About College Complete

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