Published: 21 December 2016

Many countries around the world celebrate Christmas. Lots share similar traditions and tastes around the Christmas period. Advances with technology and previously electricity have changed how we celebrate and decorate our homes.

Christmas lights for many are a tradition. These initially started out as candle decorations on the tree themselves. While visually appealing, the fire risks were real. Imagine a traditional tree being burnt up by your candles! Certainly not a way you would want to spend your holidays.

Published: 20 December 2016

Giving gifts at Christmas and events like birthdays in a modern society require us to have effective and efficient transport systems. The ability to have enough supply to meet consumer demands has led to numerous innovations in supply chain and transportation.

We’ve been shipping goods around the world for a very long time. It’s still the most popular way to transport something from one part of the world to another. The scale of modern ships allow for large volumes of goods to be moved on one powerful ship.

Published: 22 December 2016

With trends for things “as a service” on the rise, is there room in the market for Christmas as a service? While it might be a bit early to argue that it is here and has “disrupted” an industry, there are certainly players in the market now that indicate Christmas as a service can get bigger.

Many of us get photos with Santa every year in shopping centres around the country. For some of us, there’s more tears than happy moments! Visiting Santa and getting some photos with him is a great example of Christmas as a service.

Published: 19 December 2016

Important for many purchases is the receipt: the slip of paper that proves you bought the product. Importantly for many, especially around birthdays and the Christmas period is the ability to provide a receipt if the purchase isn’t exactly what was wanted. The lack of a receipt for some can be akin to forgetting the batteries!

Published: 18 December 2016

Online shopping is so commonplace now that it’s hard for most of us to remember there was life without it. But, ‘tis true. And while online shopping hasn’t been with us for long, it has profoundly impacted our lives, our world, and is an invention rivalling even the likes of Edison’s lightbulb. Perhaps this writer is biased. Moving on.

Published: 17 December 2016

Car parking can be a big issue, especially at Christmas when shopping is huge, and even non-shoppers like me can’t avoid it. Parking has changed over the years, and has been improved by various innovative developments.

This time of year shopping centre car parks are noisy and busy across the country. The clanging of over-stocked trolleys on the hard floors, the sounds of children racing off, the screeching tyres cars as people cut in for a premium park near the shops.

Published: 16 December 2016

A common part of the lead up to Christmas is writing a letter to old friends and distant family. Details of the family happenings filled up letterboxes across the country. For some, it’s as simple as love and best wishes in a Christmas card. Letting others know we are thinking about them. Well wishes and love from the family still flow today, but how much has this changed?

Published: 15 December 2016

Have you received money as a gift? I know I have. Money is a common gift for a birthday, a wedding or at Christmas time. A shift in the 21st century of the cash gift has been the rise of the gift card. 

The availability of gift cards has exploded over the past few years. There is now a huge amount of gift cards and stores that can redeem them, for a wide variety of ages and interests.

Published: 14 December 2016

For many around the world, Christmas time is an opportunity to get away and visit family and friends across the country or even around the world. For a long time, families in Australia have packed the car and gotten away for a while.  Visiting family and friends in far off places or taking a trek away with the kids is synonymous with the Australian lifestyle.

Published: 13 December 2016

‘Batteries not included’ or ‘I forgot the batteries’. The dreaded words to hear at Christmas time.  And now it’s not limited to birthdays and Christmas presents. The bane of modern technology (especially when we forget them!) batteries seem to encroach more and more into our lives.