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Michael Baker

Michael Baker Archives

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...

Factory outlets: A global success story

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

The shoebox doctrine

Michael Baker on shoebox shopping centres versus open air venues.

Property and human rights

Michael Baker tackles the topic of property and human rights.

Shopping centres as cultural icons?

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

Coles in hot water over suppliers

Coles vs ACCC, sportswear brand plans retail revival, and a Tassie chain eyes mainland expansion, all in this week's Ins...
Supermarkets

Tesco’s double jeopardy

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

New wave of e-tail

A new trend emerges among e-tailers, US fashion brand heads to Sydney, while a local shopping centre trials Australian f...
Opinion

Hot stuff: Consumer research and the tech revolution

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

Piggy in the middle

When it comes to shopping centres, the condition those in the middle determine the health of the industry, says Michael ...

Ikea’s Australian plan

In this week's Inside Retail PREMIUM, we speak to Ikea's CEO, chat exclusively to Williams-Sonoma, and feature some inte...

ICSC names local award winner

Inside Retail columnist receives International Council of Shopping Centers award.

E-commerce brand’s new vision

In this week's edition of Inside Retail PREMIUM, a Canadian e-commerce operator has a new vision for Australia with the ...

Shopping centre innovation is on the way

Michael Baker looks at the effect of technology on the shopping centre.

Spotlight on expansion

In this week's Inside Retail PREMIUM, growth is the name of the game, with Spotlight looking to take its concept global.
International

Around America in 80 days

Michael Baker takes us around the world of American retail in 80 days with six observations on the market.

The dinosaurs are back

Traditional bricks and mortar stores still have some life in them yet, says Michael Baker.

Dick Smith: Woolies shareholders dudded

It's not often you read about Woolworths shareholders being hard done by, but in this week's Inside Retail Digital weekl...

The new look factory outlet centre

The US outlet industry has grown up and paid attention to its shortcomings, says Michael Baker.

Bargain busting

Factory outlet centres have copped a bad wrap in the last two years, but has it been justified?