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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Benvenuti a Abt.com!

June 5th, 2014

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One of the great things about Chicago is that it’s a true cultural melting pot. People from all over the world settle here, and they bring along part of their home countries.

 

As a company employing over 1200 people from the greater Chicagoland area, it’s only natural that Abt would reflect that same diversity. Our employees come from six continents (working on getting some penguins employed to make it all seven) and dozens of countries. Did you know that employees at Abt speak over 20 different languages? So if someone ever needs help ordering an amplifier in Armenian, a grill in Gujarati or a range in Russian, there’s an Abt team member that can help.

And to better help our online customers, we recently rolled out a language translation option for Abt.com. Powered by Google Translate, users can now shop the Abt Electronics website in one of ten foreign languages.  To activate translation, simply scroll to the bottom of any page at Abt.com and pick your desired language from the menu bar on the left side.

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Choose your language from the menu bar.

 

From that point on, all Abt.com webpages will be auto-translated into the language you’ve chosen. And while computer translations aren’t always perfect, this option should hopefully make the online shopping experience a little easier for many of our customers.

And with that, we say adios, au revoir, ciao, auf wiedersehen, and until next time!

Abt Electronics is Expanding!

June 3rd, 2014

Abt Electronics is getting bigger! In case you missed it, earlier today Abt officially announced plans for an upcoming expansion that will add a massive amount of warehouse space to our Glenview store.

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Architectural rendering of the planned expansion.

Our expansion will add 100,000 square feet of warehouse space to our existing location.

We’re always looking for ways to get our customers more of what they want, and often get suggestions about particular products. So over the past few years, we’ve expanded our product line to include categories like mattresses, dining furniture, water heaters and HVAC equipment. It’s been a positive experience, except for the one big (literally) drawback: These products take up space, and lots of it!

So, in order to keep things moving smoothly as we explore future product choices, we decided we need a bit more room to grow. The 100,000 square-foot addition will give us room to carry extra stock in our most popular items, as well as even more new categories. We’ll also be adding in dozens more loading docks for our own delivery fleet, which will let us get our trucks loaded and on the road quicker every day. By letting us stock more of what you love and get it delivered more efficiently, this expansion will lead to a better shopping experience for both local and national customers.

It will also give us a chance to embrace more green technologies. Like the rest of our existing warehouse, the new section will be lit with energy-efficient, motion-sensor activated LED lighting, so we only use energy to light areas where workers are. We’re also exploring the use of geothermal energy for heating and cooling the new area, along with adding to our existing array of wind turbines and solar panels.

We’re hoping to break ground in July, so stay tuned to the Abt Blog and Abt Facebook page for updates and photos of the progress.

 

Save on GE Appliances at Abt!

May 28th, 2014

Has spring cleaning got you thinking about a full kitchen renovation? If so, you’re in luck. Available rebates can save you up to $2000 on appliance packages from GE. Simply build your perfect kitchen from the dozens of available models of GE Appliances, fill out the rebate form, then sit back and enjoy your new kitchen while waiting for your rebate to arrive. The more appliances you buy, the more you save.

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For more info, check out our GE Appliances page or give one of our sales specialists a call at 888-228-5800. This promotion runs until 7/07/2014.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Announced

May 20th, 2014

Is this the end of the laptop?

It’s been just over four years since the tablet computer race truly started, with the release of the Apple iPad. In that time, while tablets have become insanely popular, it’s still not uncommon to hear questions like “what’s the point?” One of the main criticisms levied against tablets is that they’re just glorified toys, too small and under-powered to be true computer replacements. With today’s release of the Surface Pro 3 tablet, Microsoft might finally have a true laptop-killer on its hands.

The Surface Pro 3 takes the concept of the original Microsoft Surface Pro and Pro 2 and builds upon it in every way. By the looks of it, Microsoft has eliminated many of the nitpicks that users had about those first two versions.

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The New Microsoft Surface 3 Pro.

Most noticeable is the size of the Surface Pro 3, which is larger and smaller in all the right ways. The display is now an impressive 12-inch, ClearType Full HD screen, packing a 2160 x 1440 resolution. Because Microsoft wanted the Surface Pro 3 to mirror the experience of writing on a piece of paper when the tablet is in portrait mode, they went with a 3:2 aspect ratio. That’ll give you black bars when watching movies in landscape mode, but the extra screen real estate will be nice for productive tasks like using MS Office or Photoshop. And while the display size grew, the tablet body got a little thinner. The Surface Pro 3 is only 0.36 inches thin (half as thick as a MacBook Pro) and weighs only 1.76 pounds.

Despite the impressive weight and thinness, the Surface Pro 3 is packing some power under the hood. Running things will be a 4th gen Intel Core CPU, available in i3, i5 or i7 flavors. 4 or 8 GB of RAM will keep things humming smoothly, which will be especially nice since the full Windows 8 OS can take advantage of all of today’s most popular productivity software. An SSD hard drive will provide from 64 to 512 GB of storage. If that seems like too little in today’s media-hungry world, fear not. Built-in USB 3.0 ports mean you can easily add on a speedy portable external hard drive, and a microSD card reader lets you swap in media from a camera or smartphone.

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The integrated kickstand holds the Surface Pro 3 at any angle between 0 and 150°.

There are lots of other exciting features that make the Surface Pro 3 one of the most impressive tablets ever released. A Mini DisplayPort which lets you hook up an external monitor. The new Surface Pen (included) gives users a lifelike drawing and writing experience. New click-in keyboards are wider, have larger track-pads and offer more typing stability. When used in conjunction with the new friction-hinge, which offers a continuously-adjustable viewing angle, the Surface Pro 3 can match the functionality of nearly any laptop or ulrabook.

New Tumi Luggage Products at Abt

May 13th, 2014

Summer travel season is upon us, which means there’s no better time to upgrade your travel bags. Tumi Luggage has created a name for itself as the world’s leading brand of luxury luggage. They’ve done this by creating bags—for travel, business and daily life—which are intelligently engineered, elegantly designed, and robustly crafted. Tumi Bags can take the beating that regular travel tends to dole out and come out looking spectacular. In the videos below, Kevin and Carl from the Tumi boutique give us a look at some new products from Tumi.

Tumi Alpha 2 Black Wheeled Carry-On Garment Bag
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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 5th, 2014

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Mother’s Day is less than a week away! If you’re still searching for the perfect gifts for the special ladies in your life, Abt’s here to help. We’ve put together a list of great Gifts for Mom which is sure to have something for every personality type. Here’s a few of our favorite suggestions:

 

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer:

 

 

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One of the most iconic kitchen appliances ever created, the KitchenAid Stand Mixer adds versatility to any kitchen, and Moms that love cooking will find it indispensable. Aside from its primary purpose as a variable-speed mixing machine, these stand mixers can be transformed into meat grinders, pasta makers and more, via simple attachments. And with dozens of vibrant colors available, you’ll have no problems finding one to match Mom’s kitchen decor. Check out Abt’s entire selection of KitchenAid Stand Mixers for special promotional pricing! Read the rest of this entry »

Save Energy By Checking Your Fridge Door Gaskets

April 28th, 2014

As the weather warms, it’s a good idea to make sure your fridge is operating as efficiently as possible. A simple check of the door gaskets can determine whether or not they’re sealing properly. If the seal is not ideal, cool air leaks out and your fridge will have to work extra hard to keep foods chilled. Thankfully, a quick cleaning is often enough to return your fridge door gaskets to factory-new condition. Shirley explains in this handy quick tip.

Scenes From Earth Day

April 24th, 2014

Here’s a look at some scenes from our Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive, as well as the normal operations of our on-site recycling center.

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An early bird bicycling and recycling Chicagoan.

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Jordan from Abt gets interviewed by CBS Chicago’s Vince Gerasole about how to properly recycle unwanted electronics.

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Old computer monitors collected during the drive.

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Abt Electronics’ Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive

April 16th, 2014

Our commitment to helping the environment is one of the things we’re most proud of here at Abt. From our on-site recycling center to green methods of energy production, we always try to go above and beyond what’s expected if it helps make the world a little bit greener and cleaner. With Earth Day just around the corner, we’d like to take the opportunity to make it easier for our local community to be environmentally-friendly, with our second annual E-Waste Recycling Day, taking place April 22nd.

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Electronic Waste is a problem that’s growing around the world, as more people buy new electronics and dispose of their old products. In 2010, consumers in U.S. disposed of 2.4 million tons of electronic waste. Computers, and computer monitors and peripherals made up about half the total. Also included in that total were an estimated 152,000,000 mobile devices. Essentially, 1 of every 2 people in the USA disposed of a cell phone, pager or PDA in 2010. The worst bit of information about these stats is that just 27% of the total disposed E-Waste was recycled. The rest ended up in landfills, where dangerous elements like lead, cadmium and mercury can leak out of the products and into the earth, potentially contaminating the groundwater supply and causing serious health risks.

On April 22nd, Abt and the City of Chicago are joining forces for  our 2nd Annual Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive, which will help our local customers properly dispose of their unneeded electronics with minimal effort. While we always welcome drop-offs of e-waste and old appliances at our Recycling Center in Glenview, that can be quite a haul for our more distant customers. The Earth Day Recycle Drive brings drop-off locations out into the community for hassle-free recycling. Read the rest of this entry »

Pioneer Brings Apple CarPlay To Older Cars.

April 15th, 2014

Revealed at last month’s Geneva Auto Show, the Apple Carplay system is an integrated hardware and software ecosystem which brings the iPhone experience to vehicle dashboards. Featuring Siri voice control, CarPlay gives users total hands-free reign over the most popular iOS functions including access to Apple Maps; streaming and stored music libraries; and the ability to make phone calls, check voicemail and send and receive messages. Users can also interact via the display’s touchscreen, or even with each vehicles unique physical controls.

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Apple CarPlay as it will look as a factory option on select vehicles.

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