About the author
Michael Baker is a Sydney-based retail consultant and former head of research at the International Council of Shopping Centers. He writes a monthly column on retail property for Inside Retail and writes regularly for Shopping Centers Today International and International Outlet Journal. He presents frequently to audiences around Australia and the world on global retail topics. He authored the book "Market Research for Shopping Centers in Developing Countries", published in 2012, and received ICSC's Researcher of the Year award in 2014.
They’re not about fostering “community”, but they’re still thriving.
Retail developers are not getting far in their efforts to make shopping centres into vibrant, nurturing community spaces.
Can Cirque du Soleil’s move into malls help shopping centres scale new heights?
Another big name US retailer has been liquidated, compounding the sector’s well-documented woes. But it’s not always bad news when department stores fail.
Global retailers look to shop-in-shop concepts for inspiration.
In the US, Kohl’s department store experiments shrinking its floorspace, rather than closing stores down.
Will Australian regional shopping centres face the same dismal fate as their US counterparts?
As retail store closures continue into the new year and e-commerce is on the rise, where does this leave shopping centres?
Retail landlords face a raft of challenges, with some tough decisions needed to be made in order for shopping centres to continue thriving.
Landlords have been making big bets on luxury.
Australian landlords will need to take some serious risks on more than one new paradigm to avoid fading away.
As more apparel retailers close their stores and the health and beauty sector is on the rise, it’s time for centres to reconsider their tenancy mixes.
As apparel retailers struggle across the world, how does the increase in closures impact the property landscape?
Nothing excites shoppers like huge discounts, so is it time for Australia to follow in the steps of the US and create more outlets?
Are you a retailer looking to go big in the USA? Think again.
From the ruins of Angkor and a stone’s throw away from the former city’s temples, a luxurious shopping destination has emerged.
An inside look at one of the most most profound rethinks of the shopping centre experience to be seen anywhere in the world.
How a small Australian retailer is starting to see the light as it pushes to break into the lucrative US market.
Are retailers and shopping centre operators utilising beacon technology in the most strategic and sensible manner to increase shopper engagement?
Retail property owners & Amazon’s bookstore rollout.