About Us

Our Team: Seasoned Professionals.  Our Promise: Actionable Insight

  • Actionable research and strategy for major privately-held retail companies in building 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 and retail sectors
  • Founder and President of CGP since 2001 
  • Partner, Marketing Corp of America/Interpublic (IPG)
  • Partner/Director of e-Commerce, Peppers & Rogers
  • CEO, 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 columnist, Barron's, 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 of Experience 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 Connecticut

CGP Field Team

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

Our Insights....In the Media

  • 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
  • "Black Thursday" Results Show A-/B+ Grades So Far:  Bloomberg TV Nov 28, 2014
  • Impact of Potential Ferguson Protests on Retail Spending:  New York Times Nov 21, 2014
  • Economic Crosscurrents Loom as Retailers Approach Black Friday:  WWD Nov 18, 2014
  • Retail Outlook Remains Muted for Holiday:  WWD Nov 14, 2014
  • Lower Gasoline Prices May Not Boost Holiday Spending:  Fortune Nov 13, 2014
  • JCP Rebound Begins to Sag in Wake of Sluggish Sales:  Dallas News Nov 12, 2014
  • WalMart Struggles to Improve Grocery Performance:  New York Times Nov 12, 2014
  • High Food Costs Offset Gasoline Savings' Effect on Holiday Shopping:  Reuters Nov 10, 2014
  • Apple Stores Begin to Rebound under new CEO:  San Jose Mercury News Nov 8, 2014
  • Holiday Season to Separate Retail Winners and Losers:  CNBC Nov 7, 2014
  • Teen Retailers Struggle to Turn Around:  Business of Fashion (UK) Nov 6, 2014
  • Consumer Electronics to Drive Holiday Sales in 2014:  CNBC Oct 31,2014
  • Holiday 2014 Forecast Calls for Lackluster Growth:  Bloomberg Radio Oct 30, 2014
  • Premium Denim Momentum in Europe Outpaces Sluggish U.S.:  WWD Oct 23, 2014
  • Primark Jump-Starts U.S. Entry by Repurposing Sears Real Estate:  WWD Oct 21, 2014
  • WalMart Trims Sales Forecasts, Refocuses on Smaller Format Stores:  New York Times Oct 15, 2014
  • JC Penney Names Home Depot Executive as CEO-Designate:  Forbes Oct 15, 2014
  • Holiday Retail Unlikely to Reach Rosy Forecast Levels:  Barron's Oct 11, 2014
  • Retailers Are Likely to Open Even Earlier on Thanksgiving:  Wall Street Journal Sep 24, 2014
  • U.S. Retail Sales Show Back-to-School Sluggishness:  Bloomberg Radio Sep 12, 2014
  • Home Depot Data Breach Not a Showstopper:  CNBC Sep 11, 2014
  • Gap's Athleta Brand Accelerates Expansion Pace:  WWD Sep 6, 2014
  • Growth of Performance-Wear Trims Denim Sales:  Daily Mail (UK) Sep 5, 2014
  • Conn's Easy Credit Financing Comes Home to Roost:  WSJ Marketwatch Sep 2, 2014
  • Abercrombie's Repositioning--Home and Abroad:  WSJ Marketwatch Aug 29, 2014
  • Teen Retailers in Need of Radical Reinvention:  CNBC Aug 28, 2014
  • Burger King to Acquire Canada's Tim Horton's:  Bloomberg TV  Aug 26, 2014
  • Rival Dollar Bidders for Family Dollar:  New York Times Aug 18, 2014
  • Tough Times for Retailers Almost Across the Board:  Bloomberg TV Aug 13, 2014
  • Second Quarter Retail Earnings Outlook:  WWD Aug 13, 2014
  • Implications of DLTR/FDO Merger for WMT:  Forbes Aug 1, 2014
  • Back-to-School Retail Season Outlook:  Bloomberg Jul 29, 2014
  • Dollar Tree to Acquire Family Dollar:  Bloomberg TV July 28, 2014
  • Walmart Names Greg Foran to Head U.S. Division:  New York Times Jul 24, 2014
  • Retail Sales Outlook Continues Soft:  WWD Jul 24, 2014
  • CGP's Annual Back-to-School Forecast:  Barron's Jul 12, 2014
  • Retailers Confront Weak Demand and Dismal 2H Outlook:  WWD Jul 10, 2014
  • Michaels Outlook in Commoditized Market:  Wall Street Journal Marketwatch Jun 27, 2014
  • Embattled Retail Founders Struggle with Boards:  CNBC Jun 24, 2014
  • Second Half Retail Spending Outlook:  WWD Jun 18, 2014
  • Grading the Retail Earnings Season:  Bloomberg TV May 21, 2014
  • Weakness in Retail Spending Extends through Spring:  New York Times May 21, 2014
  • Retail Spending Slowdown Continues--Beyond the Weather:  WWD May 16, 2014
  • JC Penney's Slow but Steady Return to Health:  Bloomberg TV  May 15, 2014
  • April Retail Sales Confirm Ongoing Consumer Weakness:  WWD May 14, 2014
  • Macy's First Quarter Results Show Sluggish Consumer Spending:  Bloomberg TV  May 14, 2014
  • Hillshire Brands-Pinnacle Foods Deal:  Wall Street Journal Marketwatch May 12, 2014
  • UK's Fast-Growing Primark to Enter U.S. Market: WWD Apr 24, 2014
  • Retail Sales Continue First Quarter Slide: WWD Apr 11, 2014
  • Outlet Malls See New Competitive Environment:  CNBC Apr 2, 2014
  • Macy's Names new President:  New York Times Mar 24, 2014
  • Online Merchants Open up Bricks & Mortar:  New York Times Mar 24, 2014
  • Gap New Merchandise May Drive a Rebound:  Bloomberg TV Mar 21, 2014