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Archive for December, 2016

Abt is Going to CES 2017!

Friday, December 30th, 2016

In the consumer electronics industry, the holiday shopping season is just the first half of the fun of winter. Every January, thousands upon thousands of people (177,393 in 2016, to be exact) descend upon Las Vegas to attend CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. CES is the world’s largest technology trade show,  bringing together manufacturers, retailers, journalists, and anyone with a foot in the tech industry for a week of new product reveals, technology exhibitions and all kinds of other high-tech fun. And we’ll be in the thick of the action, covering all of the most exciting CES 2017 happenings here on the Abt Blog and on the Abt YouTube Channel.

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2016: Abt’s Year in Review

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, which brings to an end one of the most fun-filled, eventful years in Abt’s history. As we close out 2016, here’s a look back at some of the notable happenings at Abt, in no particular order:

Unveiling of the Abt Inspiration Studio

The Inspiration Studio is the result of Bob Abt’s vision for the ultimate kitchen showroom imaginable. As John Hammond from Jurassic Park might say, “We spared no expense.” Filled with the finest appliances in the industry, in kitchen vignettes created by renowned kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio, the Inspiration Studio is meant to do just what its name says. Working appliances and a welcoming environment are here to inspire customers to discover the design or products that will become their dream kitchen. (more…)

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It’s Time To Start Cooking With Frigidaire’s Induction Technology

Monday, December 26th, 2016

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Induction cooking is the safest and most efficient way to cook your favorite meals. Induction cooktops use electricity and electromagnetic technology to heat only the pan, which leaves the burner plate much cooler than a standard electric radiant burner. Basically, the pan becomes the burner, which eliminates heat transfer through the glass cooktop surface. In order for this to occur, induction cooking requires magnetic cookware. So if a magnet can stick to your pan you can use it with a Frigidaire induction cooktop! People everywhere are switching over to Frigidaire’s induction technology. Check out the video below to find out why, and read on to learn more about all of the amazing benefits!

Benefits To Switching Over

Cook Meals Faster

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Simple & Easy Clean-Up

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Enjoy reduction in clean up time because induction technology heats up the pan, not the cooktop so food spills can’t burn on. You can even cook bacon with a piece of newspaper between the pan and the cooktop, to catch any splatters!

Reduce Your Energy Bill

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Save money on your energy bill – induction cooking is 70% more energy efficient than gas and 20% more efficient than electric!

Easily Go From Simmer To Boil

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Easily bring water to a boil in less than 2 minutes with Frigidaire elements featuring induction technology!

Cooking Versatility 

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Gentle enough to melt chocolate…

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and butter.

Controlled Cooking

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Adjust your cooking settings from a rapid boil to a gentle simmer instantly. Great for sauces and soups!

Cookware Compatibility

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Test your cookware with a magnet! Induction cooktops and ranges use the power of magnetic energy. Use this tip to test the compatibility of your cookware with a magnet. If it sticks, it’s induction-friendly.

Consistent Results

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Evenly distributed heat ensures consistent results for creating delicious, evenly cooked meals like steaks and omelets.

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Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Happy Holidays, from all of us here at Abt! We hope everyone has a joyous weekend, whether it’s filled with vibrant family celebrations or calm, quiet nights. As a reminder, we will be closing early on Christmas Eve (at 6 p.m. CST) and will be closed all day Christmas Day, spending some much needed time unwinding after a hectic shopping season. Abt will be back to normal store hours on Monday, for those of you who’ve got gift cards to spend or returns to make!

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‘Tis the Season for Remote Car Starters

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Though we’ve been experiencing freezing temperatures for a few weeks now, winter has only just begun. That means we can probably expect a few more months of cold, snow, and miserable mornings trying to clean off car windows and waiting for the heat to get going. An easy solution to those hassles? Install a remote car starter!

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For those who live in areas with long winters, the one-time expense of a installing a car remote start system is an investment that will pay dividends for years. With the press of a single button—or even a tap on your smartphone—you can start your car from the comfort of your home, and enjoy a warm seat and clear windows by the time you get into it. Abt is proud to install remote car starters from Viper, the industry leader in remote starter systems.  Available remote starters run the gamut in price and features, from entry-level systems with basic functions to advanced smartphone starting systems that let you turn your car on from almost anywhere in the world.  All remote starters are installed by Abt’s award-winning mobile audio installation team, and can usually be completed in just a few hours.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a remote starter installation, please contact our Mobile Audio department at 847-544-2281.

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LG Channel Plus Is Finally Bringing Your Favorite Live TV & Streaming Content Together!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There has never been a better time to look at an LG TV than now, because once again LG has set the benchmark with a new feature called Channel Plus, which gives you an all new way to access content through your TV. Channel Plus takes all of the confusion out of watching content from multiple sources by combining all of them into a single system for a seamless viewing experience. LG has partnered with Xumo to provide more than fifty channels of digital content for their users, featuring content from network stations and streaming channels, and combined this with over-the-air broadcasts. The result is a stress-free interface that makes it easy to watch content from across all sources. Perhaps the best aspect of the new Channel Plus feature is that all this new content is completely free of charge. Thats right, 50+ channels of original programming that won’t cost you a penny in monthly subscription fees.

What will you be watching on these free channels? Well, quite a lot actually, from live sports to news, television programs to movies, and much more, giving you nearly endless content to choose from. Channel Plus was created to make viewing easy for users, so it includes a universal search lets to seek out and watch content across all sources from one screen. Whether you watch from a streaming service or a program tuned in on a set-top antenna, you won’t need to switch to another input to find it.  Channel Plus displays all of the available content in your on-screen cable guide. It’s all available in the same location and there will always be new to choose from. Right now there are about 60 channels to watch, but more will be added every month, so the content keeps growing and growing.

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A variety of publications are creating content to further reach their audiences, so rest assured there will be something for everyone. Well-known publications like Time, Bloomberg, and PBS will all be sharing content to educate and inform to make us better people. While other publications like the Onion, Cracked, and Funny or Die will be sharing content that will  keep us entertained and make us laugh hysterically. This unique content, supplied by Xumo, is in addition to the programs you can watch from local stations like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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Because the digital content is being streamed, you’ll also have DVR control over them. You can pause, rewind, and skip through videos at your command. Watching the FOX Sports channel and you want to re-watch that walk-off home run over and over again? The rewind function will become your new best friend. Not into sports? That’s okay! Let’s say you found a channel that you absolutely adore. Now you can scroll through the library of on-demand content to easily binge watch every video they offer.

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Once you start using Channel Plus you won’t want to think about what life was like before you had it. One of the biggest obstacles to cord-cutting is learning how to juggle multiple content sources, having to switch inputs to move from your streaming channels to your OTA broadcasts, or needing separate menus to search through a different library for every source. If you’d like an easier way to navigate your content, upgrading to an LG TV with WebOS 3.0 and Channel Plus might be just the ticket. We here at Abt want to say thank you to the folks at LG who continually create new and exciting features that keep pushing the envelope of what was once thought impossible from a standard television.

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters at Abt

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The holiday season is by far the busiest time of the year at Abt, so it can get pretty stressful. That gives us all the more reason to find ways to fit a little fun into the day. And since today is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, what better way to have fun than to partake with our own display of gaudy garments? From modern sports-themed ugly sweaters to genuinely vintage “found in the basement” grandma sweaters, the tackiness was on display in every corner of the store.

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Holiday Cookie Edition

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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One of the best things during holiday season is the sweet aroma of baked goods, especially cookies! That’s why we decided to make this week’s Holiday Edition of Abt-solutely Delicious all about cookies. You can bring these soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies to your annual cookie exchange with friends or to holiday dinner with family, they’re perfect for any occasion. (more…)

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2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

It may be hard to believe, but we’re quickly approaching Christmas and the start of Hanukkah, which means the days are numbered if you want your electronics and appliances to arrive by December 24th. This graphic contains all of the important holiday shipping dates you’ll need to know if you’ve still got some shopping to complete.

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If you’d like to take advantage of our everyday free ground shipping service—which is available on thousands of products throughout the site—you’ll need to have your order in by next Monday, December 19th. But if you need more time, you’re in luck. From December 16-21, we’re offering 50% off expedited shipping. So all of you last-minute shoppers still have over a week to find the right gift and receive it by December 24th. And for our local customers, remember that you can buy online and pick up in store as late as Christmas Eve.

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Abt Employees of the Year

Friday, December 9th, 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, we’d like to take a minute to honor some of the people that helped make Abt one of the country’s best-rated shopping destinations. Though we’re only a single location, over 1,300 people work together, each doing their part to keep Abt running smoothly. But within that group, every year, are a select number of truly standout employees who earn the title of Abt Employee of the Year. Each of them has proven their value through their long-running commitment to Abt and their tendency to go above and beyond what is expected of them on a regular basis. These employees are the real MVPs:

Carmen Garcia: This year, Carmen celebrated her 20th anniversary with Abt. Having spent some time at just about every customer service position possible, Carmen is the head of customer service for all e-commerce operations. If you’ve ever ordered something at Abt.com and had a question, comment, or complaint (hopefully not, though), it’s crossed Carmen’s desk. At any given moment, you can find her on the phone or in an online chat with a concerned customer. Recently, Carmen suggested and then spearheaded the merging of the customer service branches for brick & mortar operations with those of the web department. By cross-training all customer service reps in the intricacies of each others’ departments, they all became better suited at solving any and all of our customers’ problems.

Edguar Montesinos: Part of Bob Abt’s philosophy for creating the best shopping experience possible was that the entire store premises should always be in impeccable condition. Edguar is one of the key figures responsible for that. Everywhere you turn on the entire property, you’re likely to see Edguar. If you didn’t know better, you’d think he had the ability to be in two places at once. He’ll greet you on your walk into the store in the morning, while he’s out keeping the main entrance and front parking lot free of litter, even in below-zero Chicago winters. Then you’ll run into him as he makes his rounds through the store, multiple times a day, making sure the restrooms and cafeteria are looking spotless. You might catch a glimpse of him on the roof, helping out with maintenance. Or running packages out to customers’ cars during especially busy periods. Edguar does a little bit of everything, and there’s a good bet that when you see him in the midst of any of these tasks, he’ll be smiling.

Ted Scott: Even in a room full of our toughest installers, Ted Scott cuts an imposing figure, sporting a long ponytail that would make Thor envious. This veteran installer has been with Abt for nearly eighteen years, spending many a late night tirelessly getting our customers’ kitchen appliances installed. One of Abt’s early-rising employees, Ted is often already out on the road for his day’s deliveries at 7 a.m. As a resident of Illinois’ northern reaches, Ted has spent most of his time at Abt delivering to that area, so if you live anywhere near the IL-WI border and have ordered an appliance from Abt, there’s a good chance it was Ted and his partner who installed it.

Stephen Weiner: Yet another member of the double-digit tenure club, Stephen is coming up on his twenty-fifth year at Abt. Consistently one of Abt’s best-performing salespeople, nearly all of Stephen’s orders are to repeat customers or word-of-mouth referrals. The secret to his success? Knowing all of the products inside and out and always doing whatever it takes to make sure his customers get exactly what they need. His dedication to the customer is what keeps them coming back time and again, and is a perfect example of Abt’s overall philosophy.

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