Victoria's Country Fire Authority was founded in the aftermath of a previous bushfire tragedy – the 1939 Black Friday blazes. But its creation was a bigger political saga than many people realise.
Most people consider themselves canny shoppers – but we're all human.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the biggest shopping season of the year. Thanks to online retail and mobile apps, online spending will only increase.
We should remember past disasters - such as the 1939 Black Friday bushfires in which 71 people died - and learn from them.
The run up to Black Friday is often shrouded in secrecy, which makes buying things on the day a lot more frenetic.
Psychological ownership is that feeling that someone stole 'your' parking spot or nabbed the last sweater you had your eye on. We have a tendency to get territorial when we fell it's been violated.
Some can't wait to hit the ground running while others would rather endure a root canal. Certain characteristics help explain who is in which group.
Don't despair if, once you've gathered your shopping items, you're met by a single line that looks a mile long. Queuing theory suggests this is likely the fastest way to get you rung up and moving on.
Chinese customers spend billions on Nov. 11. Why, and what does it mean for the global retail marketplace?
Compulsive spending is on the rise, here's what you need to know.
Materialism has an ugly face but it is here to stay. Rather than focusing efforts to diminish it we should utilise materialism to benefit wider society.
With the retail industry struggling, the need to lure people into spending has never been greater.
A retail scholar explains what drives consumers to behave badly on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
On Black Friday, November 24, outdoor retailer REI will close its stores and urge customers to #OptOutside. But a historian calls this popular campaign light green environmentalism at best.
Holiday retail sales may boom this year – and the lion's share will not be online purchases. Yet brick-and-mortar retail stores are facing heavy internet competition.
Will the rest of the world catch up with a trend which encourages gift buying for yourself?
A mix of economic unease and fears of the growth of online shopping is pushing retailers to offer ever-steeper discounts, but there's a better strategy to make it through the holidays in the black.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday start the frenzy of Christmas spending. Don't let them lure you in with their deals.
While some pundits claim the much-hyped shopping day that follows our Thanksgiving feasts has lost its relevance, the reality is a lot more complicated, as four important facts show.
Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.