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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.

From the author

Lap of luxury

From the ruins of Angkor and a stone’s throw away from the former city’s temples, a luxurious shopping destination has e...

From shopping centre to exploratorium

An inside look at one of the most most profound rethinks of the shopping centre experience to be seen anywhere in the wo...

From zero to launch

How a small Australian retailer is starting to see the light as it pushes to break into the lucrative US market.

Have we finally seen the light on beacons?

Are retailers and shopping centre operators utilising beacon technology in the most strategic and sensible manner to inc...

The Amazon effect

Retail property owners & Amazon’s bookstore rollout.

Factory outlets versus full-priced stores

Do factory outlets cannibalise a retailer’s full-price stores?

The property impact of e-commerce

What the rampant rise of e-commerce means for rent flexibility.

Factory outlets: A global success story

Factory outlets are increasingly important niche players, writes Michael Baker.

Where to for the shopping centre industry?

Michael Baker highlights eight key findings from the International Council of Shopping Centers' latest industry report.

The impurity of pure play

Does 2015 mark the beginning of the end for the pure play retailer?

The shoebox doctrine

Michael Baker on shoebox shopping centres versus open air venues.

Bad real estate decisions

Michael Baker lists his top eight tips for not sabotaging yourself with bad real estate decisions when expanding oversea...

Retail property futures

Michael Baker looks at the rental market and important lessons for expanding retailers.

Property and human rights

Michael Baker tackles the topic of property and human rights.

Fashion play

Macquarie Centre's expansion poses some fascinating questions for the Australian shopping centre industry, writes Michae...

Shopping centres as cultural icons?

Michael Baker asks, did you hear the one about the shopping centre that became a cultural icon?

E-commerce drives shopping centres

Michael Baker examines what one centre is doing to embrace and profit from e-commerce.

Tesco’s double jeopardy

Michael Baker looks at Tesco's latest US venture - will it work?

Hot stuff: Consumer research and the tech revolution

Michael Baker looks at the impact of technology and mobile on the industry.

Don’t let the strips die

Shopping centres are continuing to put main streets out of business, laments Michael Baker.