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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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One year after the Makro-Lotus’s merger, synergies are beginning to show

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Why Japan’s Aeon Mall is chasing growth overseas

The shopping centre powerhouse seeks to nurse its business back to good health at home, while looking to developing Asia...

Inside Shinsegae: The Korean department store with a golden boot

Shinsegae launched the Premier League Golden Boot winner’s new fashion brand, but that’s not the only goals it is kickin...

Japanese department store Takashimaya looks to the future

After weathering stormy seas without tourism, Japan’s elite department store company gets its head above water.

Siam Square’s strip mall fit for a king

An alley in the heart of Bangkok, redeveloped into a retail paradise, proves high streets are viable in Asia, and contin...

Analysis: How Vietnam’s malls are making a comeback

Vietnam’s economy is bouncing back and local top shopping centre operator Vincom is riding the recovery, with two compet...

The hidden jewels of Bangkok’s Thonglor

The trendy neighbourhood’s little community malls are the favoured hangout of affluent Bangkok customers. They survived ...

Battle of the superapps: GoTo vs Sea in Indonesia

In Southeast Asia’s biggest market, the gloves are off, but neither GoTo nor Sea look to be able to land a knockout blow...