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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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Opinion: Why retailers in Asia need to woo back their workers

Many Asian retailers are suffering skilled staff shortages right now and struggling to encourage employees to return to ...

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

The end of lockdowns and gradual restoration of normal life in 2021 released a huge pent-up demand for personal interact...

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...

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...
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Opinion: Think shopping centres are dead? Think again

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

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