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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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Southeast Asian retailer Shopee’s long path to profit: Are we there yet?

Supersized pandemic revenue growth is waning and losses are mounting, but Shopee is now the clear Southeast Asia market ...

Retail reborn: Bangkok shopping centre makes a comeback

Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok, US developer Simon’s first foray into Thailand, had the misfortune not only to open in the...

Analysis: Bangkok shopping centre Platinum looks to restore its lustre

In the heart of Bangkok, Platinum Fashion Mall is alive again, much to the delight of the city’s legion of fashion shopp...

Analysis: Why boring is sometimes better at Vietnam mall Vincom

The retail industry can be a bit obsessed with ‘excitement’. Sometimes, boring does it better.

Trouble in the trolley: Asia’s supermarkets, eateries feel inflation’s bite

The region’s analysts started out talking down inflation, but rising costs are making them change their tune and a trend...

Fun and community spirit: How Bangkok mall The Commons is winning right now

The Commons projects in Bangkok were developed specifically to build communities. Now there is a need for them more than...

How Korea’s big 3 department stores are killing it right now

Inflation and a recovery in the apparel category have the big 3 of Korean department store retail carrying on where they...

Analysis: A Japanese retailer with Lofty prospects

Loft is a home furnishings store that is hard to classify but should be easy to sell in various markets outside its nat...

Inside Bangkok’s sustainable lifestyle destination, Ecotopia

Occupying 2,000sqm of Bangkok’s Siam Discovery shopping centre, Ecotopia showcases the best parts of sustainable living ...

From great terror to great opportunity: The rebirth of Isetan

Department store closings were once the mall owner’s Great Terror. Now, they can be the Great Opportunity.