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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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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.

Meet Big C: The Thai hypermarket chain thriving in small cities

When your city can’t support a full-sized regional mall, Big C has got your back.

Can Japan’s Aeon become a global juggernaut?

In Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, the mall industry is taking off. Aeon wants to be a bigger player.

Even Japan’s Takashimaya can’t escape department stores’ woes

The industry giant has had a decent start to 2022, but the nagging problems of demography and format obsolescence are no...

Lifting the logo: Inside the rebrand of Thai supermarket Lotus’s

The rebrand is well under way and markers of the transformation can be seen both outside and inside the stores, many of ...
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Taken for a ride: Drivers bear hidden costs of online delivery

Food delivery riders were the unsung heroes of the pandemic. But the risks they have to take in the job are hardly worth...