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Archive for March, 2010

Shoot Hoops with Taj Gibson Thanks to Abt and Samsung

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Enter to win a chance to play H-O-R-S-E with Chicago Bull Taj Gibson. Stop by Abt Electronics and fill out an entry form anytime between now and April 2nd. Three winners will be chosen to participate. Prizes include an autographed Taj Gibson jersey, basketball, and photo.

This contest is brought to you by Abt Electronics and Samsung.

-Kelly B.

Check Out Abt.com on Your Mobile Phone

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Today Abt officially launched a dedicated mobile site. You can access it from any phone with an internet connection. Just type Abt.com into your browser and get automatically redirected. Aaron and Huy, developers from our IT department, worked to make it easy to access and use. I spoke with Aaron who said that while Abt’s marketing and IT groups had this on their upgrade list for over a year, it wasn’t until March when they got serious about it. After researching their options, Aaron and Huy concluded, using a third-party site would be just too expensive.

Huy and Aaron decided to design the Abt Mobile site on their own. “It will be all in our hands and it will give us more flexibility. We can choose what we would like to add and what we want to omit from the site. Some stores have a lot of bells and whistles. We wanted it to be more basic. The more bells and whistles on the site, the fewer the number of people who can visit. All phones with access to the internet will be able to visit our site, not just Droids and iPhones,” Aaron said.

The new mobile site was finished within 7 days and then the internal testing began. They tweaked it with guidance from Jon (Abt). It’s up and running. I asked Aaron what he thought stood out. He told me, “Instead of using a provider for searches, we created our own search tool for the mobile site.”

I asked what web address will I need to include in the blog so people can get to the site? Aaron told me that all I had to do was type in Abt.com. So I did, while I was talking to him. It took me right to the mobile site. It was so easy to get to.

Kudos!

-Kelly B.

And the Award Went to….Abt Electronics

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Abt family is constantly asked why their business thrives; what’s their secret to success? Most simply, they hold true to the values passed down from their parents and grandparents. Jewel and David Abt taught future generations to relish change, keep the store uniquely exciting, and take care of customers.

After being nominated for a U.S. Global Innovator Award (gia), by Peter Giannetti, of Home World Business Magazine (HWBM), Abt was honored as a gia winner on March 14th. The awards dinner was at the Hotel Intercontinental in Chicago. Ricky Abt and Joe Klett attended to accept the award. It is the Abt Family’s commitment to Jewel and Dave’s advice that helped win this award.

Home World Business magazine showcased Abt and their Global Innovator Award in the March 14th issue. Abt’s unique 358,000 square foot facility, Atrium, and business practices were also highlighted.

Robert (Bob) Abt, CEO, was the visionary behind Abt’s unique showroom. Keeping the store unique and exciting was at the forefront of his design concept. Bob is “a student of the Steve Wynn school of visual merchandising, and he readily admits the iconic Las Vegas casino innovator was his biggest inspiration,” Peter Giannetti reported in the March 14th issue of HWBM.

The Bellagio was Bob’s design influence for the Atrium; which some compare to a mall. At the center of the Atrium is a fountain and surrounding the fountain’s dancing waters is a series of kitchen vignettes and boutique stores. The Abt family wants their customers to have a unique shopping experience. The Atrium provides a comfortable environment and entertainment for the whole family.

Looking past the esthetics of the store, Abt thrives, thanks to unmatched customer service and the green initiatives. The recycling center, using a co-generator, and selling environmentally friendly electronics and appliances have helped to reduce Abt’s carbon footprint.

Abt is still family owned and managed by Bob and his four sons, Mike, Jon, Ricky, and Billy. There is always an Abt family member at the store, Jewel and Dave’s vision is achieved everyday.

Taking care of customers by providing unparalleled service pre- and post-sale service is a number one priority, as seen in the customer service motto posted throughout the store, “The Answer is Always Yes to any Reasonable Request.”

Abt has been growing and changing with customers since 1936; Abt will continue to do so as long as there are appliances and electronics in the home.

-Kelly B.

Give a Little, Get a Little

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Give the gift of life and save 12% at Abt Electronics. Saturday, March 20th, Abt and LifeSource are teaming up for a blood drive. All donor participants will receive a 12% discount on an in-store purchase or 5% discount on an on-line purchase.

To schedule an appointment, call LifeSource at 877.543.3768 or register on-line at www.lifesource.org and use sponsor code ABT1. Walk-ins are always welcome. LifeSource will be at Abt from 11:00am through 5:00pm.

Remember, if you are donating blood, eat well, stay hydrated, and bring a photo id.

-Kelly B.

Do Some Spring Cleaning in Your Garage, Let Gladiator Help

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Gladiator is the only complete line of garage organization including appliances, made for an ever changing garage. Garageworks will help you organize and store anything, from season to season in any climate.

The entire Garageworks line is interchangeable. Gladiator’s unique modular design can grow and change with your needs. We carry garage workbenches, garage cabinets, garage flooring, garage wall systems, garage wall components, and garage appliances from Gladiator, backed by Whirlpool.

Save 20% on Gladiator Garageworks products, shop online or call one of Abt’s phone specialists for more details now until April 30th.

Check out the new Gladiator Garageworks organization system display in the store or at Abt.com.

-Kelly B.

The Institute of Packaging Professionals visits Abt

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Tuesday evening, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Chicago Chapter, toured Abt. The IoPP is a group, “dedicated to creating networking and educational opportunities that help packaging professionals succeed” (IoPP, 2010).

I spoke with Craig Jarvis, Senior Packaging Engineer at Pactiv, about what this group hopes to learn at Abt. He wanted to see “what we offer the industry along with getting a good feel for our inner workings.” Jarvis told me, “I’ve always wanted to stop in the store; it’s very unique.”

The IoPP began their tour in the Sony store with a talk from Jon Abt. He spoke about Abt’s history and about the business today. When Jon concluded the group went through our 300,000 square foot warehouse to the co-generator room, our on-site recycling center, and concluded their visit at Jolane’s Café.

Abt is proud to host businesses, educational, and leisure groups for tours. For more information on an Abt tour, contact Cari Boyk in customer service for more details.

-Kelly B.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Abt Electronics wishes you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
-Author Unknown

-Kelly B.

Touch the Future with Panasonic

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Panasonic’s Touch the Future Tour is in Chicago through tomorrow. Megan M. is representing Abt at the 3D-centered show. She is answering questions about 3D technology and handing out coupons for use at Abt.

There are different booths displaying different Panasonic 3D technology. One booth is a working 3D home theater system, another is a 3D TV with Blu-ray player, and the third is the only working 3D gaming system, on display.

The 3D Invidia graphics card to convert 2D video gaming to 3D video gaming for computers. It must be used in conjunction with Panasonic 3D-ready TV and glasses, along with HDMI 1.4 cables. To date, it is the only 3D gaming system experience.

Along with the cool 3D displays, V103 is broadcasting live from the event.

Abt will be back at Touch the Future tomorrow from 11-2. For more information on the Tour, click here.

Will you stop by and check out the tour? It will hit 15 cities in the US, after Chicago, the tour heads to Boston.

-Kelly B.

Abt Welcomes Crestron

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Proudly, Abt now carries the Crestron Home Automation system, Prodigy. It is a simple, affordable, and easy to use connection for your home and entertainment system.

Once connected, control your home theater, lighting, thermostat, and security system with a wall unit or remote after linking them to a central controller. One of the greatest features of the Prodigy is the wireless set-up.

For more information, please contact one of Abt’s custom audio specialists at 847.544.2307.

-Kelly B.

Consumer Electronic Sales Numbers are Improving

Monday, March 15th, 2010

It looks like the economy may be in an upswing. Master Card is reporting consumer electronics sales are up 6% in February 2010. This increase was over a one year period, following a slight climb in sales by 0.4% in January.

Despite the horrible storms in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and North Central regions of the country, consumer electronics sales have steadily risen and are continuing to do so.

Another retail sector that is enjoying the increase in volume is e-commerce. Those sales swelled by 16.7% over the course of a year. It’s likely that internet retailers benefitted from the bad weather.

Is this a sign that things are getting better? What do you think?

-Kelly B.