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Michael Baker

Michael Baker



The secret to a retail slimdown

In the US, Kohl’s department store experiments shrinking its floorspace, rather than closing stores down.

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Dodging a bullet

Will Australian regional shopping centres face the same dismal fate as their US counterparts?

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Landlords dig in as store closings escalate

As retail store closures continue into the new year and e-commerce is on the rise, where does this leave shopping centres?

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Franchising and the new shopping centre

Retail landlords face a raft of challenges, with some tough decisions needed to be made in order for shopping centres to continue thriving.


Is retail property maxed out on luxe?

Landlords have been making big bets on luxury.


The evolution becomes a revolution

Australian landlords will need to take some serious risks on more than one new paradigm to avoid fading away.


Time for a makeover?

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.


A sad farewell

As apparel retailers struggle across the world, how does the increase in closures impact the property landscape?


Do we have room for more factory outlets?

Nothing excites shoppers like huge discounts, so is it time for Australia to follow in the steps of the US and create more outlets?

Macy's Vegas

The writing’s on the mall

Are you a retailer looking to go big in the USA? Think again.


Lap of luxury

From the ruins of Angkor and a stone’s throw away from the former city’s temples, a luxurious shopping destination has emerged.

5-Instagram Wall

From shopping centre to exploratorium

An inside look at one of the most most profound rethinks of the shopping centre experience to be seen anywhere in the world.


From zero to launch

How a small Australian retailer is starting to see the light as it pushes to break into the lucrative US market.

Beacons, Big W

Have we finally seen the light on beacons?

Are retailers and shopping centre operators utilising beacon technology in the most strategic and sensible manner to increase shopper engagement?


The Amazon effect

Retail property owners & Amazon’s bookstore rollout.


Factory outlets versus full-priced stores

Do factory outlets cannibalise a retailer’s full-price stores?

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The property impact of e-commerce

What the rampant rise of e-commerce means for rent flexibility.


Factory outlets: A global success story

Factory outlets are increasingly important niche players, writes Michael Baker.

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Where to for the shopping centre industry?

Michael Baker highlights eight key findings from the International Council of Shopping Centers’ latest industry report.

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The impurity of pure play

Does 2015 mark the beginning of the end for the pure play retailer?


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