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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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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?

Retail without borders

When Australia’s doors slammed shut last March, it cost the retail industry a bundle. But internal border closures have ...
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Retail’s biggest losers in the downturn of international travel

Tourism and retail spending are not the only casualties of international border closures in Asia. Cross-border investmen...

Opinion: Think shopping centres are dying? Think again

The rhetoric around the downfall of shopping centres is back, thanks to the pandemic.

Navigating the perfect storm: Social distancing and the collapse of tourism

How are shopping centres finding new ways to deal with the restrictions that the pandemic has brought to the retail land...

Shopping centres: Here’s what the stock market isn’t telling you

Centres need to read between the lines of the stock market before jumping to any conclusions about the future.

What outlet centres do differently

They're not about fostering "community", but they're still thriving.

The hypocrisy of fake authenticity

Retail developers are not getting far in their efforts to make shopping centres into vibrant, nurturing community spaces...

Mall meets big top

Can Cirque du Soleil’s move into malls help shopping centres scale new heights?

Bon-Ton bites the dust

Another big name US retailer has been liquidated, compounding the sector’s well-documented woes. But it’s not always bad...

Department store concessions – the rot stops here

Global retailers look to shop-in-shop concepts for inspiration. 

The secret to a retail slimdown

In the US, Kohl’s department store experiments shrinking its floorspace, rather than closing stores down.

Dodging a bullet

Will Australian regional shopping centres face the same dismal fate as their US counterparts?

Landlords dig in as store closings escalate

As retail store closures continue into the new year and e-commerce is on the rise, where does this leave shopping centre...

Franchising and the new shopping centre

Retail landlords face a raft of challenges, with some tough decisions needed to be made in order for shopping centres to...

Is retail property maxed out on luxe?

Landlords have been making big bets on luxury.