About Us

Our Team: Seasoned Professionals.  Our Promise: Actionable Insight for Owners of Key Retailers

  • Actionable research and strategy for private equity and institutional investors in retailers looking to build topline growth, customer loyalty and marketing productivity. 
  • Proprietary quantitative research and ahead-of-the-curve insight into real-time retailer performance, with a particular focus on identifying retailers experiencing inflection points in sales and comps.  Our trained 16-researcher field team tracks 50 major retailers across 80 nationwide benchmark mall/off-mall venues weekly.
  • Our field researchers are prohibited from talking to store managers, and our management talks with senior retail executives only in public/IR-controlled forums.

Our People: Client-side experience. Cutting edge expertise.

Craig Johnson, President

  • 35 years of experience in consumer, retail and private equity
  • Founder and President of CGP from 2001 
  • Partner, Marketing Corp of America/IPG
  • Partner/Director of e-Commerce, Peppers & Rogers
  • Private Equity consulting:  DLJ Partners and Warburg-Pincus
  • CEO/Co-Founder, Celutel, Inc. (CLTL)
  • President, PSI International (PIN/DUK)
  • Technology Management Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • VP-Marketing, regional Consumer Electronics retailer
  • Operations group, Apparel retailer 
  • Guest columns-Barrons, Chain Store Age 
  • Frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and Radio, and CBS Evening News
  • MBA Stanford, BA Yale

Jean Schlemmer

  • Executive VP-Asset Management, General Growth Properties, the nation's second largest Retail REIT
  • Chief Corporate Development Officer and earlier VP-Leasing, General Growth Properties    
  • Over 30 Years in Retail Real Estate
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • BA University of Minnesota

Parke Johnson

  • Director-Thought Leadership and Thematic Marketing Programs, Legg Mason
  • Director-Product Marketing, Legg Mason 
  • Director-Product Marketing, Citigroup Asset Management and Smith Barney
  • VP-Smith Barney Corporate Finance
  • BS Skidmore College

Bob Ference

  • President, Strategic Insights & Solutions 
  • President, Information Resources Division, Marketing Corp. of American/Interpublic (IPG)
  • Partner and Managing Director, Brand Equity Practice-Marketing Corp. of America
  • Prior consumer insight and marketing strategy experience at Heublein, Pepperidge Farm and Kraft Foods

James Bieri

  • Principal, Stokas Bieri Real Estate
  • Formerly President, Bieri & Co. 
  • 35 years of experience in Luxury and Specialty retail leasing, focusing on new concept launch and fleet build-out 
  • Creator of The Bieri Market Reports 
  •  Member:  ABA, ICSC, Urban Land Inst.
  • BA Western Michigan, JD Detroit College of Law

Christina Jennette 

  • Assistant Vice President, Legg Mason
  • Senior Specialist, Prudential  
  • Account Manager, MemberWorks
  • Brand Marketing, Diageo
  • MS, Quinnipiac, BS, Southern Connect't

CGP Field Team

  • Trained in market research, survey methods and observational protocols
  • Do not talk to store managers
  • Prior direct retail experience includes:
    • Express
    • Limited
    • Lord & Taylor
    • Nordstrom
    • Talbot's
    • Toys R Us
    • Victoria's Secret
    • Williams-Sonoma

Our Insights....In the Media

  • Sluggish Black Friday Week Portends Weak Outlook for Holiday Season:  WWD Nov 29, 2015
  • No Longer an Event, Black Friday Fades to...Black:  AP Newswire Nov 27, 2015
  • Black Friday Weekend Starts off on Subdued Note:  WWD Nov 27, 2015
  • Macy's Takes Key Structural Steps to Reposition for the Future:  WWD Nov 12, 2015
  • Reversing Macy's Slide Requires a Full Reinvention:  Wall Street Journal Nov 12, 2015
  • Outerwear Sales Sluggish in Warm Fall except for Luxe Brands:  WWD Nov 5, 2015
  • Holiday Promotions Pull Demand Forward but Don't Increase Sales:  WWD Nov 3,2015
  • CGP Holiday Forecast Calls for Sub-Par 3.2% Growth:  Retailing Today Oct 26, 2015
  • Off-Price Retailers Continue to Capture Market Share:  Wall Street Journal Oct 25, 2015
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Leverages Performance Wear to Thrive:  Barrons's Oct 24, 2015
  •  Sears Struggles at Retail, but Improving Online:  Chicago Tribune Oct 22, 2015 
  •  WMT Wage Increases Only a Small Part of Earnings Shortfall:  CNBC Oct 16, 2015
  • Walmart Portfolio Review May Include Sam's Club, Brazil: Bloomberg Oct 15, 2015
  • Second Half and Holiday Outlook Worse than Most Predict:  WWD Oct 14, 2015
  • Walmart Struggles to Rebuild Growth as Market Shifts:  Bloomberg Oct 14, 2015
  • Carol Meyrowitz Hands CEO Reins at TJX to Ernie Herrman:  WWD Oct 8, 2015
  • American Apparel Files for Chapter 11:  Bloomberg Oct 5, 2015
  • American Apparel Bankruptcy May Not Solve the Problem:  BBC News Oct 4,2015

  • Walmart Targets Devalued Yuan to Reduce Supplier Costs:  WWD  Sep 24, 2015
  • Off-Price Sector Continues to Expand--in Good Times and Bad:  WWD  Aug 25, 2015
  • Target Shows Strong Progress in Brian Cornell First Year:  WWD Aug 18, 2015
  • Customer Growth Partners 14th Annual Back-to-School Forecast:  Barron's Aug 8, 2015
  • Neiman Marcus Prepares for Potential IPO:  WWD Aug 5, 2015
  • Retail Momentum Slows as Consumers Enter Back-to-School Season: WWD Jul 30, 2015
  • Target and Walmart-U.S. CEO's Mark One-Year Anniversaries:  CNBC Jul 28, 2015
  • Belk Slowly Moving Forward on Strategic Alternatives Strategy:  WWD Jul 21, 2015
  • DKS Launches New Women's Performance Wear Stores:  New York Post Jul 21, 2015
  • CGP Forecasts Sluggish Back-to-School Season:  WWD Jul 17, 2015
  • Customer Growth Partners:  Weakest BTS Season Since Recession:  WWD Jul 9, 2015
  • Macy's Struggles Continue in Ailing Department Store Sector:  CNBC Jun 30, 2015
  • Ascena Rethinks Pricing and Promotion Architecture at Justice:  WWD Jun 25, 2015
  • Walmart Refocuses on Vendor Allowances and Efficiencies:  WWD Jun 25, 2015
  • Target Outsources In-store Pharmacies to CVS Health:  New York Times Jun 16, 2015
  • CVS Health Acquires and Will Operate Pharmacies at Target Stores:  WWD Jun 15, 2015
  • Sears Holdings Shareholders Oppose Seritage Purchase Price:  Chicago Tribune Jun 2, 2015
  • Michael Kors Overexposed, and Is Now a Yesterday Brand:  Bloomberg TV  May 27, 2015 
  • Ascena Buys ANN Inc. to Build Leading Women's Retailer:  New York Times May 19, 2015
  • Macy's Launches New Off-Price Store Strategy in Metro NY:  WWD May 5, 2015
  • Lilly Pulitzer Provides New Excitement at Apple:  WWD Apr 20,2015
  • Sears Positions Itself to Profit More as a Landlord than Retailer:  WWD Apr 14, 2015
  • Retail Spending Still in Slow-Growth/No-Growth Mode:  Thomson-Reuters TV Apr 14, 2015
  • RadioShack a Brand Whose Time Has Come--and Gone:  New York Times Apr 6, 2015
  • Walmart-U.S. Strategy to Focus on Rebuilding Growth: WSJ Marketwatch Apr 1, 2015
  • Apparel Still in Supply-Demand Imbalance:  PBS Nightly Business Report Mar 17, 2015
  • Spring Rebound at Hand as Pent-up Demand Unleashed:  WWD Mar 9, 2015
  • Target Announces Cost Cuts, Plans to Rebuild Traffic:  New York Times Mar 3, 2015
  • Sears Holdings Continues Transition to a Real Estate Play:  WWD Feb 26, 2015
  • Target Turnaround Gains Speed with New Focus:  Bloomberg TV Feb 25, 2015
  • Walmart Reports Q4, Raises Associate Pay:  WWD Feb 20, 2015
  • Impact of Walmart Associate Hourly Pay Increase:  CNBC Feb 20,2015
  • Amazon Considering Expansion into Retail with RadioShack Stores:  CNBC Feb 3, 2015
  • Coach's Long-Awaited Rebound May be Beginning:  WWD Jan 30, 2015
  • Apple Retail Store Productivity Still Tops:  Wall Street Journal Marketwatch Jan 29, 2015
  • Impact of Northeast Snow Storm on Retail Sector:  WWD Jan 27, 2015
  • Radio Shack and Best Buy Outlook:  Bloomberg TV Jan 16, 2015
  • Target Exits Canada Market:  WWD Jan 15, 2015
  • Primark a Potential Beneficiary of Target Shutdown in Canada:  Reuters Jan 15, 2015
  • A Bridge Too Far as Target Shuts Canada Stores:  New York Times Jan 15, 2015
  • Retail Sales See Traffic Spike Late in the Season:  WWD Dec 29, 2014
  • Holiday Sales Boosted by Late Season Surge:  Bloomberg TV Dec 26, 2014
  • Shoppers Late Rush Gives Hope to Retailers:  Wall Street Journal Dec 26, 2014
  • Retail Season May Not Be Saved by Super Saturday Traffic:  WWD Dec 23, 2014
  • Retail Sales Top Record for Holiday Shopping:  CBS Evening News Dec 22, 2014
  • Super Saturday Weekend Reaches Record Levels:  Bloomberg Dec 22, 2014
  • Troubled American Apparel Finally Dismisses CEO:  New York Times Dec 17, 2014
  • Sears Struggles Despite Big Technology Initiatives: Wall Street Journal Dec 16, 2014
  • Mike Jeffries Exits after Long Run Helming Abercrombie:  WWD Dec 10, 2014
  • Traditional Mall Traffic Continues to Struggle into Holiday:  WWD  Dec 8, 2014
  • Black Friday Better than Thought, as CGP Forecast Stays on Track:  Barron's Dec 8, 2014
  • Black Friday Retail Pulls Demand Forward from December:  New York Times Dec 1, 2014
  • Shifting Patterns of Black Friday Spending, as Apparel Weakens:  WWD Dec 1, 2014