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August 2008

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Oprah’s People Visit Abt

Producers from the Oprah Winfrey Show met at Abt yesterday with GE’s vice president/ brand manager to learn about GE’s new product line of appliances. The producers were interested in finding new appliances for possible use in future “favorite things” shows and for house makeover shows. Among the new items were a “single-double” oven, which essentially is a double oven that fits into the space of a single oven; a 48-inch pro…

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Oakley Rolls Into Abt

Yesterday was bright and sunny here at Abt, which made it a perfect day for the Oakley Rolling O Lab to come rolling into our parking lot to show off the company’s latest eyewear technology. Oakley has three of these Rolling O Labs (built into 40-foot motor coaches) touring the country to demonstrate the durability and optical quality of its sunglasses. The California-based company has been awarded more than 500 patents in…

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Kids Shoot Hoops With The Pros At Abt Clinic

Several lucky kids had the chance to enjoy a fun workout yesterday afternoon in the Abt Fitness Center during a “Shoot Hoops with the WNBA Chicago Sky Players” basketball clinic. For those of you who might not know, the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) is a 14-team professional league with franchises in major cities like Chicago, New York, Houston, and Los Angeles. Cathy (left) and Quianna signing autographs Two players from the…

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Whirlpool Cabrio Washer & Dryer—Staff Favorite

Getting back to our top product picks from our salespeople, here’s Megan Magnuski to talk about her favorite recent Abt purchase. Megan has been with Abt for five years, and during her off hours she likes to work out at the gym or play piano, write music, and sing (she claims to be a Karaoke Queen, although this hasn’t been officially confirmed). Megan also enjoys relaxing in her new townhouse, “laughing with…

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Visiting the Amazon

No, not the Amazon rain forest in South America, but Amazon.com, located in Seattle. As Abt’s manager of e-commerce, I just returned from participating in Amazon’s second Seller Summit, an event where only their top 100 internet retailers are invited. Abt became a partner vendor with Amazon back in February, which enables us to sell our products through Amazon.com’s network. The summit was held at Amazon’s new headquarters, located in the PacMed…

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The Ball Fireman Night Train Watch—Staff Favorite

Continuing with our product recommendations from our salespeople, we’d like to introduce Carl Prouty, who has been with Abt for 6 years. Carl and his wife, Danielle, have a young daughter (Madison) and son (Jackson) who stop by to visit us on a regular basis and keep us laughing (while we’re also working very hard, of course). One of Carl’s favorite sayings is, “In the past 100 years, my great-great great-great-grandmother has…

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Panasonic 50 inch Plasma HDTV Tops Staff Member’s Must-Have List

Our next featured salesperson is Rafael, who has been with Abt for 9 years. “Raf” and his wife just welcomed a new son to their family a few months ago, and Raf has been splitting his time away from work between playing with his son, playing one of his many guitars (his current favorite is a Gibson Les Paul Studio Limited Edition), and watching his new Panasonic TH50PZ85U plasma HDTV, which he describes…

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And Now A Word From Our Salespeople

You know, we got to thinking that with more than 1200 employees on hand here in Abt land (thankfully we’re not all here at the same time), we have an incredible, untapped source of great stories and information that our customers might enjoy and benefit from. Well, now’s the time and this is the place to tap that source, and we’re going to begin by having some of our salespeople talk about…

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Back To School: Small Appliances

As my back to school blog comes to an end, I’ve decided to close with two very important appliances that every college student will need throughout their four years. For all you incoming freshmen, this is a shout out to you. Get ready for your first semester of 8am classes. If you’re unlucky like I was you will be up Monday thru Friday before the crack of dawn. To prepare I suggest…

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Back To School: Printers & USB Flash Drives

So far I’ve featured Apple Macbooks, Apple iPods, and Bose Around the Ear Headphones, all of which make excellent gifts and are in popular demand on college campuses. If you’re looking to get back to the basics, here are few items that every student needs to succeed. First off, the highly rated, highly efficient, Canon PIXMA MX700 Multifunction Printer  allows you to print, scan, copy, and fax. At print speeds of up…

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