It looks like a torture chamber for cardboard and bubble wrap. At a lab in suburban Chicago, UPS Inc. tests new packaging designs by dropping, shaking and smashing boxes with brutal-looking equipment. The point is to see what type of packaging can withstand the trip from supplier to customer, protecting the delicate products inside.
Over the past few years, smartphones have gradually gotten bigger and tablet computers have gotten smaller. So it should come as no surprise that devices in between are starting to emerge.
Kathy Grannis, spokesperson, National Retail Federation
Ever think about re-gifting a present you just don't want? Is it ever OK?
Vandals ruined the lights and decorations of one family.
It seems the story of Santa Claus is an American- centric tale in which jolly St. Nick is burdened by American taxes, votes Democrat and overwhelmingly approves of the lives most Americans led in 2012.
Peter Coy, economics editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
A holiday present for Fido or Fluffy used to be an extra table scrap or a new squeeze toy. But as with gifts for their human counterparts, pet presents are becoming increasingly high-tech.
Apps aren't just for people anymore. Here is a roundup of popular pet apps for mobile devices. The cost of apps ranges from free to a few dollars.
Fairfax Hackley, personal trainer
As people scramble to finish their holiday shopping, shipping companies are scrambling to get packages to their destination.
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It can be tough to find the perfect present, and even more so when the recipient is dealing with a serious illness. Here are some gift ideas for cancer patients.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has put out a list of fire safety tips to keep holidays bright and families safe.
Surviving the holidays is hard enough as people juggle shopping, work and family. It gets even more complicated when a married couple has filed for divorce.
What's the hottest toy for the holidays this year? Well, there doesn't seem to be one.
Can't find that perfect gift for the person in your life who really doesn't need anything? We've got an alternative type of gift-giving.
Holiday shoppers are not just buying for friends, family and co-workers. It turns out they're also shopping for their four-legged family members.
We all have our favorite holiday songs and carols. But which songs make you feel more like Grinch? A new holiday music survey details the most disliked carols and holiday novelties.