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Michael Baker

Michael Baker is a Sydney-based retail consultant and former head of research at the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Analysis: A Japanese retailer with Lofty overseas prospects

Loft is a home furnishings store that is hard to classify but should be easy to sell in various markets outside its nati...

Inside Bangkok’s sustainable lifestyle destination, Ecotopia

Occupying 2,000sqm of Bangkok’s Siam Discovery shopping centre, Ecotopia showcases the best parts of sustainable living ...

Meet Big C: The Thai hypermarket chain thriving in small cities

When your city can’t support a full-sized regional mall, Big C has got your back.

Can Japan’s Aeon become a global juggernaut?

In Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, the mall industry is taking off. Aeon wants to be a bigger player.

Even Japan’s Takashimaya can’t escape department stores’ woes

‘Iconic’ is quite possibly the most overused and devalued word in business marketing, the go-to term for marketers in th...

Lifting the logo: Inside the rebrand of Thai supermarket Lotus’s

More than a year after Tesco Lotus became Lotus’s, we venture into regional Thailand to see what the switch to CP Group ...

Taken for a ride: Drivers bear hidden costs of online delivery

Food delivery riders were the unsung heroes of the pandemic. But the risks they have to take in the job are hardly worth...

How premium Japanese outlet Gotemba is bringing beauty to bargain shopping

Japan’s Gotemba Premium Outlets, in the shadow of Mt Fuji, is the latest example of a winning formula: huge shopping ven...

Meet online retail giant Coupang, Korea’s answer to Amazon

Korean online marketplace Coupang dominates the growing local e-commerce sector, but one year after its NYSE listing, in...

Analysis: Asian retailers face inflation squeeze

Consumer prices may not soar as much in Asia as elsewhere but businesses stand to bear most of the cost of supply issues...
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Opinion: Should you run a business before you run a country?

Political leaders once needed to have some broad experience of life before they could take office. Now almost none of th...

Analysis: Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia lead hopes for Asian tourism

Spare a thought for retailers, food and beverage operators, and hotels in tourist destinations throughout Asia.

Opinion: Bangkok mall operators must put on a welcoming smile, not a mask

Bangkok mall operators seem to have taken over-the-top safety precautions in some centres, negatively impacting the in-s...

Analysis: As technology marches on, Asia’s retail property huffs and puffs

Covid-19 forced retailers to adopt online solutions and made permanent changes to consumer behaviour. Shopping centres n...

Asian nations look to hasten reopening in sudden rethink

As Asian governments scramble to open up for tourists, retail sales will get a huge lift. Plans vary by country but the ...

A rush to reopen: Is it doing Australian retail more harm than good?

Duty free shop operators and other airport retailers will be happy with the long-awaited (limited) opening of Australia’...

Analysis: Southeast Asia retail remains on the rollercoaster

The first half of the year delivered a strong retail recovery that third-quarter lockdowns rudely interrupted. But bette...

Analysis: ABS retail trade figures reveal a bounce back, but will it continue?

Retail trade in January-July has blown away expectations, but lockdowns fill the outlook with uncertainty for the next f...

Analysis: When one shopper stuck at home is worth two from overseas

The lack of tourism dollars makes for big numbers in headlines but apart from restaurants and boutiques at the high end ...

Shopping centres: What lies ahead

Shopping centres held on for grim death in 2020. Can they get back on track in 2021?