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  • July 11, 2019 | Chicago Tribune
    "On a recent day, a small group of hospital leaders gathered in an unlikely place to learn more about keeping patients happy: suburban megastore Abt Electronics. They sank into cushy recliners in Abt's model home movie theater — a space tricked out with nearly $500,000 of equipment — to learn about the importance of options and customization."
  • April 18, 2019 | Daily Herald
    "Those that made the mid-sized list include Hub Group in Oak Brook, AAR in Wood Dale, Empire Today in Northlake, Abt Electronics in Glenview, and Ingredion in Westchester."
  • April 17, 2019 | Forbes
    "Abt Electronics is one of the last examples of a nearly defunct species of business: the family-owned, single-location electronics and appliance retailer. Jon Abt, one of four brothers who currently run the business, says Abt has survived the onslaughts of Best Buy and Amazon by truly providing what many businesses only talk about: great customer service. It also has a big, beautiful store—70,000 square feet—with tremendous selection." View the America's Best Midsize Employers 2019 List
  • April, 2019 | Chain Store Age (CSA)
    "'Sustainability evolved over the years,” said Abt. “I was the catalyst. I was attending medical school in Denver, which is a pretty earthy place.' Abt, who began working for Abt Electronics part-time in 1975, ultimately did not pursue a career in medicine. Joining the retail operation full-time in 1989, he first got involved with corporate sustainability by looking at the company’s large waste stream..."
  • April, 2019 | Reader's Digest
    "Leaving some residue on them is necessary in order for the detergent to work properly, says Shirley Hood, an appliance expert and sales representative with Abt Electronics..."
  • March 8, 2019 | MSN
    “It’s recommended that you let the battery drain down to 0 percent, and then refill it back up to 100 percent.” The same is true for laptops, according to Josh Davis of Abt Electronics in Glenview, Illinois. "After a couple of years of leaving your laptop plugged in all the time, you can expect it not to hold much of a charge at all when you go portable.”
  • February 25, 2019 | Home Theater Review
    "The Wrong Screen Size Can Ruin a Room. All too often, customers insist on buying a display--whether it's a projection screen or flat-panel UHD TV--that's just "too big relative to the space and viewing distance" they have in their room, according to Alan Guyes... ..."Bigger is better, but only to a point, and we find that we frequently have to work with consumers to moderate the large screens/displays that they initially want for their space," he said. Agreeing, Greg Porthan, custom audio installation manager at Abt Electronics in Glenview, Illinois, told me: "Customers have a hard time understanding the size of their wall." It's best not to proceed, therefore, without making sure you have the correct measurement of that wall and the space you have to work with."
  • January 2019 | Twice
    "'Considering there is no content for 8K at the moment and the technology hasn't been standardized, making the leap isn't for everyone,' agreed Jon Abt, co-president of Glenview, Ill.-based Abt Electronics, which has sold around a dozen of the first Samsung 8K model. 'It's certainly at a very early adopter stage at the moment, but the upscaling from 4K is promising for today's buyers. There will be an influx of sets in 2019 at lower price points, which should open the market up.'"
  • January 2019 | The Retail Observer
    "Abt Electronics, the nation’s largest single-store retailer of electronics and appliances, located in Glenview, IL, has once again expanded its 100,000+ square foot showroom in honor of its 80th anniversary. The new Inspiration Studio, premiered on Oct. 13, adds an additional 10,000 square feet in the loft area of the store’s famous atrium, featuring premier kitchen appliances from a dozen luxury manufacturers that include Bosch, Dacor, Gaggenau, Jenn Air, La Cornue, LG, Miele, Monogram, Thermador, Samsung, Sub-Zero/Wolf, and Viking."
  • December 23, 2018 | Omaha World Herald
    "Whether you are getting a big new television over the holidays or your New Year's resolution is to reconfigure the layout and furniture in the room your older TV calls home, it pays to carefully ponder exactly where and how best to situate that large flat screen display for maximum enjoyment and safety, say the pros. "Choosing the ideal spot for your television is extremely important. People's rooms don't necessarily grow with the size of the TVs they purchase, so finding the right location is essential," said Carl Prouty, a technology expert for Abt Electronics in Glenview, Illinois."
  • December 20, 2018 | Shopper Marketing
    "We talk about "experiential retail" a lot these days. Well, look up that term and the Abt Electronics logo just might be there. Located in suburban Chicago, Abt is 82 years young. (For the record, Abt is the family name.) Abt is the largest single-store operator of electronics, appliances and home furnishings in the U.S."
  • November 30, 2018 | SheFinds
    "If you need to utilize airplane mode sometime soon, likely on your next flight where it’s FAA-mandated, there are a few important things to know. For one, you can’t send or receive emergency calls or texts because the setting disables all cellular and WiFi networks. "Airplane mode turns off the cellular radio, WiFi and Bluetooth on an iPhone," Chad Taylor, technology expert with Abt Electronics tells us."
  • October 19, 2018 | Travel + Leisure
    "Battery cases work by passing power through the case rather than through a wall charger, explained Chad Taylor, a technology expert at Abt Electronics. "The difference is: The more premium brands have better hardware and software that does not allow the device to overcharge the phone or tablet," Taylor said. "They also use better batteries that are tested. Make sure you have a product that does not overcharge your phone."..."
  • October 4, 2018 | Washington Post
    "Most other electronics that have bricks will give you this information," says Chad Taylor, a sales manager and technology expert with Abt Electronics, an electronics retailer based in Glenview, Ill. "But you just might need a magnifying glass to read it."
  • September 18, 2018 | AVNation
    "Abt Electronics really stood out this year. Their incredible showroom remodel, extensive commitment to consumer-facing events, and new programs for designers and architects will continue to educate prospective customers and influencers on the benefits of living in a Control4 automated home," said Bryce Judd, Control4 Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. "They are a great example of how the combination of a well-trained team, a beautiful new showroom to showcase smart home possibilities and experiences, and personalization for every project is the perfect recipe for success."
  • September, 2018 | Reader's Digest
    "Illinois residents love this appliance retailer, giving it the highest possible customer service rating for 12 years in a row, according to Consumer Reports. A great selection of products, good prices, and friendly service were all cited as reasons why Abt is a great place to shop, outranking its national, much-larger competitors."
  • September, 2018 | Retail CIO Outlook
    "We bought a refrigerator from Abt that didn't quite fit... Not only did Abt take the refrigerator out and put it back on the truck, but they came back two hours later, installed the new one and refunded me $50 for the cheaper model... It was a great experience from beginning to end."
  • September, 2018 | Reader's Digest
    "The Amazon products are just like any other voice-activated products: They are always listening. Not necessarily spying, but listening. They have to constantly listen in order to work properly. Alexa does keep a log and it stores it to ensure that commands and voice recognition get better."—Chad Taylor, technology expert"
  • July 11, 2018 | the abso!ute sound
    "Abt Electronics, reported to be the nation's largest single-store appliance and electronic retailer, played host to a launch event for the latest line of Dynamo subwoofers from MartinLogan, on Thursday, June 28th, at 6:00 p.m. in its Glenview, IL, space (some 10 miles north of O'Hare International Airport in Chicago)."
  • July 3, 2018 | Entrepreneur
    "In this video, Jon Abt discusses the importance of understanding your company's potential to grow. As Abt Electronics grew, the company that was seemingly landlocked took their products to the online marketplace as a great alternative way to service their customers."
  • June, 2018 | Twice
    "2017 was another dynamite year for the white-goods business, but you wouldn't know it looking at the TWICE Top 50 Major Appliance Retailers Report."
  • May, 2018 | CEPro
    "In another healthy sign, Illinois-based retailer Abt Electronics reported $52 million of its total $400 million in sales from custom installation, including sales of equipment sold for installation, along with the installation labor itself."
  • March 20, 2018 | MakeItBetter.net
    "During his time as a student at the University of Colorado, Mike Abt worked as a naturalist at a camp on an island in Washington state. The island was abundant not only in natural beauty, but also in pigs that ate much of the food waste from the camp. It was a lesson in reusing and recycling that Abt took to heart later at the family business..."
  • January 31, 2018 | CardRates.com
    "Whether in-store or online, the Abt Credit Card, issued through Synchrony Financial, offers flexible terms and payment plans that make anything from replacing your refrigerator to a full room remodel affordable for nearly anyone."
  • January 25, 2018 | Glenview Patch
    "Abt Electronics (1200 N. Milwaukee) is kicking off Super Bowl weekend with a fun-filled, feel-good fundraising event. On Thursday, February 1st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., some of Chicago's most notable chefs will take on Abt's first-ever Charity Chili Challenge and compete to cook up the ultimate batch of chili for the chance to win a $5,000 donation for their charity of choice from the Abt Family Foundation..."
  • January 24, 2018 | Reuters
    "Jon Abt, co-president of retailer Abt Electronics, said the price of washers made outside the United States may increase only by about $50 as he expected the tariff to be borne by manufacturers rather than consumers. "If somebody really wants an LG washer, they're going to spend that extra money for it," Abt said in an interview on Wednesday, adding that Samsung and LG had been planning for such a move and that their U.S. plants would mitigate the blow from the tariff. "The indications we're getting from our manufacturing partners is that this shouldn't have a huge impact on their overall business," he said. Abt counts LG among its top washer vendors, after Whirlpool, General Electric Co and Samsung."
  • January 8, 2018 | Chicago Sun-Times
    "Online, I found that the nearby Apple store is booked, in essence, forever. But the Apple scheduling site offered a second option: Abt... Abt should be on those lists of places in Chicago you must go before you die. It's an electronics store in the same sense that St. Peter's Basilica is a church. Every electronic device made, with the newest and highest tech featured prominently...The clerk took my phone and told me to return in an hour. I almost blurted out, "Oh no, not an hour! At Abt! Whatever will I do???"