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Mesa, Ariz., April 28, 2009 (PRWeb) – As swine flu threats and messages of prevention and protection swept the nation yesterday, tens of thousands of consumers and businesses flocked to 11-yr old medical supply superstore http://www.AllegroMedical.com seeking anti-viral personal protection products. The most popular products were the N95 Respirator Masks, which are reported to prevent the transmission of flu viruses. By day’s end, mask revenue alone was $40,000 and company reporting dashboards were lit up with record breaking web sales revenues, phone sales, number of orders, site conversions and unique site visitors.
“We started noticing orders for the N95 respirator masks late on Sunday,” said Allegro CEO Craig Hood, “and by Monday morning mask revenue alone had reached $20k. That’s when we knew it was going to be a big day. We responded with site-wide banners, optimization, blogs, sales promotions and a special “Swine Flu” category for customers to quickly find masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and anti-viral disinfectants.”
The Company reported that the massive number of visitors on the website essentially overloaded it to the point of shutting down for a few minutes around 4pm Pacific time.
Why the high volume? “People are trying to do the right thing by preparing for whatever may happen,” said company spokesperson and co-owner Valerie Paxton. “We’re hopeful that Allegro’s products can provide some protection, prevention and peace of mind to those who can benefit most from these anti-viral products.”
Today, AllegroMedical.com’s brisk sales continued despite the “temporarily out of stock” condition of some of the N95 Respirator Masks. Paxton says, “Yesterday’s run on masks revealed a major shortage of product from our suppliers, but we have more stock on its way so we’re confident that we can cover the demand.” The Company suggests that people hold onto their place in line rather than cancel their orders, as the shortage is widespread.
About Allegro Medical
Allegro Medical is a division of Allegro Enterprises, Inc., a privately-owned company based in Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1996, and serving more than 1 million consumer and business customers, the Company is one of the largest and most technologically advanced independently owned suppliers of life enhancing products in the U.S. www.allegromedical.com are offered a broad selection of thousands of brand name products searchable by Keyword, Category, Brand and Medical Condition.
Since launching the first ecommerce site in the medical equipment and home health care supplies industry in 1998, Allegro has expanded into Health & Fitness, Nutritional Dietary Supplements, Sexual Well-Being, Pain Relief, Emergency Preparation and Maternity/Baby. Visitors to www.allegromedical.com are offered a broad selection of thousands of brand name products searchable by Keyword, Category, Brand and Medical Condition.
vpaxton (at) AllegroMedical (dot) com
480-990-8881, Ext. 110
On Thursday, Feb. 19th, Allegro Product Manager Mike Benge and four of his new friends will be wheels up and off to Australia as the latest Rotary Foundations “Group Study Exchange” (GSE) Team.
Mike and the team are businesspeople and professionals from the Phoenix area, chosen to participate in a unique cultural and vocational exchange with the Aussies. During their 4-week stay they’ll experience the Australian culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.
Mike’s team – the Rotary’s first “all wheelchair” GSE group - will focus on learning about Australia’s disability laws, medical insurance companies, accessibility and public acceptance and in turn will educate the Aussies about how we manage these issues in the US. All five team members have spinal cord injuries which, along with their professional experiences, will provide a unique perspective about how ”truly able” Americans with disabilities are.
Darol is an Entrepreneur, Jennifer is an RN and Teacher, Rob is a Police Officer, Kerry is a Student and Enrollment Counselor at the University of Phoenix and Mike is a 7-yr veteran at Allegro Medical, specializing in Product Management and Medical Supply Sales.
Mike says, “My primary focus will be on the medical supply distribution channel and how Australian medical supply companies compare to ours. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about my profession and teach them about Allegro’s way of doing business online. So far I can’t find any Australian companies like us over there so I may be able to shed new light on potential business opportunities.”
“As we go along,” Mike added, “we plan to dissolve any negative or misguided perceptions of people living with disabilities. We want to show people that we’re productive members of society and we do essentially everything that everyone else does.”
To prove his point, the team will be busy making presentations, attending meetings around the country and having tea with the Governor, but they will also be doing things like touring wineries, climbing mountains, camping, SCUBA diving and deep sea fishing .
“We’re hearing that Australia is not as disability accessible as the U.S. and we want to help their cities understand how imporant not only social impressions of disabilities are but how vital accessible public facilities are.”
In April, a similar group from Australia will be visiting the U.S. For each team member, the Rotary Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging and group travel within their district.
Follow the team on Mike’s blog AZWheelsDownUnder and find out more about the RotaryFoundation’s Group Study Exchange Programs.
Meanwhile, We’ll MISS YOU MIKE!! How will we survive without you? Be careful, kay? Eat your greens and stay warm, mate. Smooch.
We regret to inform you that as of Tuesday, February 17th, you will no longer be able to purchase Pediasure 8 oz. Cans from Allegro Medical – or – through any other online or retail supplier.
We understand how important a product *like* Pediasure is for the care of loved ones requiring supplemental nutrition. Allegro Medical has helped hundreds of thousands of people just like you conveniently buy their supplements over the Internet for the past 11 years. However, Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical manufacturer, has announced that it would no longer allow the the 8 oz cans (used in hospitals and health care facilities) to be sold to retail customers.
The good news is, we have a great alternative for you, plus a savings discount:
Nestle Boost Kid Essentials –
Nestle offers a fantastic nutritional product – Boost Kid Essentials – that is widely accepted by pediatricians and moms everywhere. Click here to order Kids Boost
To help with the transition, we’re offering a 15% savings on Boost Kid Essentials – Use gift certificate code Nestle15 at checkout – good through Monday, Feb. 23rd.
*Important Note to Health Care Providers – If you are a health care provider or institution purchasing Pediasure 8 oz. cans from Allegro Medical, please respond with your company information. We can assist you in the Abbott Laboratories qualification process which will allow us to continue shipping you the institutional products.
Allegro Medical values your business. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to try the Nestle alternative. Check the homepage blogs for future updates as this story unfolds.
CEO & Founder
480-990-8881 Ext 100
We regret to inform you that as of Tuesday, February 17th, you will no longer be able to purchase Ensure 8 oz. Cans from Allegro Medical – or – through any other online or retail supplier.
We understand how important a product *like* Ensure is for the care of loved ones requiring supplemental nutrition. Allegro Medical has helped hundreds of thousands of people just like you conveniently buy their supplements over the Internet for the past 11 years. However, Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical manufacturer, announced that it would no longer allow the 8 oz cans (used in hospitals and health care facilities) to be sold to retail customers.
The good news is, we have a great alternative for you and a savings discount:
Nestle Boost –
Nestle offers a fantastic nutritional product – Boost – that is widely accepted by physicians everywhere. Click here to order Boost
To help with the transition, we’re offering a 15% savings on Boost – Use gift certificate code Nestle15 at checkout – good through Monday, Feb. 23rd.
*Important Note to Health Care Providers – If you are a health care provider or institution purchasing Ensure 8 oz. cans from Allegro Medical, please respond with your company information. We can assist you in the Abbott Laboratories qualification process which will allow us to continue shipping you the institutional products.
Allegro Medical values your business. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to try the Nestle alternative. Check the homepage blog section for future updates as this story unfolds.
CEO & Founder
480-990-8881 Ext 100
I said to my buddy Daver, “Hey, I’m having a hard time finding a widget or badge to download into my blog so people can follow us on Twitter.”
He laughed and reminded me that not long ago that statement would sound like ‘a whole lotta gibberish’, (and probably still does to most people). Regardless, Allegro has jumped on the social networking bandwagon and we now have pages and accounts with Facebook and Twitter.
AllegroMedical.com on Facebook
If you have a Facebook account, click here to find AllegroMedical.com and then click on the link to “become a fan” (top right portion of the page). It onlyl takes a second and it doesn’t obligate you to anything. We’re trying to see how many fans we can get!
It’s kindof a cute page with pictures of our events/parties, our employees, the dogs of Allegro, etc. I’ll be adding more as time goes by. You can also see our blogs, special offers/promotions and neat stuff like that. Feel free to add fan photos, fan videos, write on our wall and leave reviews. We’d love to see your smiling face. Yeah!!
Allegro Medical on Twitter
If you follow me, I’ll follow you! Same for Allegro Medical. I have a personal Twitter account where you can follow me, Valerie Paxton and/or you can follow Allegro Medical.
I’m still not sure about where social networking will take us, but hey, we’re all in this together, right? Maybe we can all get to know each other a little better.
See you soon!
I’m Craig Hood, President of Allegro Medical. Over a decade ago I started this great company with the express goal of helping folks like you find the medical supplies and equipment needed to take care of yourself, your families and your patients. Many said it wouldn’t work – that people wouldn’t buy medical equipment on the Internet – but I disagreed.
We launched our website with only 500 products, but we offered everything from wheelchairs and walkers to catheters and ostomy supplies. This made us the first in the world to have such a wide variety of medical supplies and equipment, and people loved it. Since then, our business has grown faster than a pack of dogs after a 3-legged cat.
Today, with more than 45,000 items, we have the largest selection of health care products on the web, backed by the best customer service and low prices to boot.
Our goal is still to help people become more independent, mobile, fit and healthy. We are grateful that you have allowed us to help you as well.
By choosing to shop with us, you are among the nearly 1 million customers nationwide who have played an important role in the success of this small American business.
Feel proud that you shop at a company with:
• More life enhancing products than hair in Donald Trump’s toupee
• A solid history with more than 10 years in business
• Prices so low our accountant can’t sleep at night
• Customer Service that’s got your back
• Fast Shipping – faster than a supermodel chasing a doughnut down hill
Thank you for shopping at Allegro Medical!
The success of this small American business is because of you and we know it.
As a token of appreciation for your business I am offering a special gift: please take 15% off* your next order at AllegroMedical.com. Use code ELF15 at checkout until Midnight, Monday December 15th.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy Holiday from all of us at AllegroMedical.com
We just implemented a new blog system that lets you send us feedback and comments. Yeah!! I can’t wait to hear from you. Please feel free to share your comments, ideas, suggestions, recipes (I love recipes), whatever… at the end of the post in the “leave a reply” section. Try it now, even if you just say ‘hi’.
Next up… stocking stuffers for grown ups; making your home safe for older guests; easy ways to child-proof your home, and much more.
Now that we’re on a new system I plan to communicate more frequently, with shorter blurbs and blogs. I’ve been practicing writing shorter pieces. Sometimes I run too long… like, um… now. That said… I’ll let you go.
But first, thanks again for your business. Remember to gift mindfully and , hint…hint…use our holiday promotions to stock up on your medical supplies!
The New England Medical Center in conjunction with the Harvard Journal of Medicine published a document today noting that people who shop at AllegroMedical.com tend to be smarter and better looking than most. The control group of non-Allegro shoppers were also found to exhibit poor hygiene skills in addition to lower cognitive abilities. “More studies are required as we can’t yet pinpoint whether smart, good looking people simply choose to shop at Allegro Medical or people who shop at Allegro Medical somehow become smarter and better looking,” says researchers conducting the study.
Upon learning of this groundbreaking study, the team at Allegro Medical is here to celebrate your “smarterness” by offering all smart Allegro Shoppers $10 off their next purchase of over $100. It’s no joke, Just use the code “Smart10” today through Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
Good hygiene, like smart shopping is a learned skill. So if you know anyone suffering from poor shopping practices, help’m out by forwarding this limited time deal on to friends or family in need.
Save Time & Money
Last week we announced our new Auto-Reorder program in a Press Release on PRWeb. Auto Re-Order especially benefits customers requiring uninterrupted shipments of essential medical supplies and consumable products such as diabetic test strips, catheters, dietary supplements and wound care supplies. We already have customers commenting on the program and they’re loving it. Help us spread the word!
Here’s how it works: You order once and set up your subsequent deliveries to be shipped at whatever interval works for you — every 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 or 180 days. You can set any of our 50,000+ products to Auto Re-Order. It’s that easy. You can access Auto Re-Order from your My Account page (to set up products ordered before), or from any of the product description pages, or from your shopping cart during checkout. Once you’ve submitted your first order, you can edit or cancel anytime from your “My Account” page.
Re-Orders are Perfect For:
Diabetics — Reorder Diabetic Supplies, Wound Care Supplies, Skin Care
Active Wheelchair Users / Paraplegics / Quadraplegics — Reorder Catheters & Urological Supplies, Toileting Aids, Incontinence Items
Caregivers — Reorder Skin Care & Cleansing Products, Personal Care Items, Dietary Supplements, TENS Supplies
Busy Mothers / Parents — Reorder Child Nutrition
Ostimates — Reorder Ostomy Supplies
Wound care patients — Reorder Wound Care Supplies
Cancer patients / Chronic or Long-Term Illness — Reorder Nutritional Supplements
Body builders, fitness buffs, active adults, mature audiences — Reorder Supplementary Nutrition
Special Diet Patients — Reorder Food Thickeners, Weight Gainers, Enteral Feeding Supplies, Tube Feeding, Weight Loss/Energy
Gov, Ed, B2B
- Procurement Officers for government agencies
Purchasing Agents for educational institutions
Medical Office Managers for doctor’s offices, medical clinics, hospitals — Reorder Exam Gloves, Wound Care Supplies Disposable Medical Supplies Diagnostic Supplies
Gyms & Spas — Reorder Dietary Supplements
Sports Rehab, Pain Management Specialists – Reorder Hot & Cold Therapy Supplies, Pain Management
We hope you enjoy our new Auto Re-Order feature. Please contact us if you have any problems, questions or comments.
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