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 
  • Member:  ABA, ICSC, Urban Land Inst.
  • BA Western Michigan, JD Detroit College of Law

Christina Jennette 

  • Assistant Vice President, Legg Mason
  • Senior Specialist, Prudential  
  • 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
    • JC Penney
    • K Mart
    • Limited
    • Lord & Taylor
    • Nordstrom
    • Talbot's
    • Toys R Us
    • Victoria's Secret
    • Williams-Sonoma

Our Insights....In the Media

  • Walmart Moves Back Office Positions to Customer-Facing Roles:  WWD Sep 2, 2016
  • Back to School Sales Show Income Level Bifurcation:  NY Times Aug 30, 2016
  • CGP Sees Sluggish Back-to-School Sales So Far:  Bloomberg Broadcast Aug 24, 2016 
  • Back-to-School Forecast Sees $540 Billion Sales Led by Online:  Forbes Jul 28, 2016
  • CGP Back-to-School Retail Forecast Calls for Lackluster Growth:  CNBC Jul 21, 2016
  • Amazon and Online Retail to Dominate Back-to-School Season:  Barron's Jul 16, 2016
  • CGP Forecast Sees Anemic 3.3% YOY Growth, Decelerating from 2015:  WWD Jul 12, 2016
  • July 4th Weekend Saw Soft Retail Sales at the Mall:  WWD Jul 4, 2016
  • Back-to-School Preview:  Fast Fashion Peaking Out:  Bloomberg Broadcast Jun 29, 2016
  • Retailers Focus on Inventory Turnover to Improve ROI:  WSJ Jun 28, 2016
  • Terry Lundgren Hands off Baton to Jeff Gennette at Macy's:  WWD Jun 24, 2016
  • Macy's New CEO Faces Daunting Task:  New York Times Jun 24, 2016
  • Sears Holdings Performance Still Plunging:  Bloomberg Business Week Jun 3, 2016
  • May Retail Sales Confirm Continued Consumer Weakness:  WWD Jun 3, 2016
  • Nordstrom Improves its Loyalty Program:  Chicago Tribune May 23, 2016
  • Apparel and Department Stores Continue to Struggle:  WWD May 23, 2016
  • Department Store Weakness Confirm Retail Woes:  Bloomberg TV/Radio May 13, 2016
  • Macy's Woes Reflect Broader Consumer Weakness:  Wall Street Journal May 12, 2016
  • Aeropostale Files for Bankruptcy in Struggling Teen Sector:  WWD May 5, 2016
  • Minimum Wage Hike Hits L.A. Apparel Industry:  Los Angeles Times Apr 16, 2016
  • Lululemon Enjoys Solid Sales--and Supply Chain Challenges:  WWD Mar 31, 2016
  • Sears Struggles, as Real Estate Assets Still to be Monetized:  WWD Mar 30, 2016
  • Off-Price Sector Continues to Expand, but Risks Saturation:  CNBC Mar 18, 2016
  • WalMart U.S. Operations Better, But Traffic Growth Still Lags:  WWD Mar 16, 2016
  • Retail Sales Picking Up--in Home Improvement Sector:  Bloomberg Radio/TV Mar 15, 2016
  • Restoration Hardware Hits a Speed Bump in 4th Quarter:  Chicago Tribune Feb 26, 2016
  • CGP's 15th Annual Retail Forecast Points to Even Slower Retail Sales:  CNBC Feb 23, 2016
  • Retail Sales Data Indicate Consumers Relucant to Spend:  Bloomberg Radio/TV Feb 12, 2016
  • American Apparel Reorganization Plan Approved:  Washington Post Jan 27, 2016
  • Impact of East Coast Snowstorm on Retail Mixed at Worst:  WWD Jan 25, 2016
  • Walmart Fleet Rightsizing Belated but Right Thing to Do:  Bloomberg Radio Jan 15, 2016
  • Walmart Closings Come a Day Late and a Dollar Short:  Wall Street Journal Jan 15, 2016
  • Dismal Personal Income Growth Dampens Holiday Sales:  Reuters Jan 15, 2016
  • Walmart Store Closing Recognizes Reality:  Investors Business Daily Jan 15, 2016
  • Kohl's Considers Opportunity to Take the Company Private:  WWD  Jan 11, 2016
  • Macy's to Slash Costs, Accelerate Real Estate Strategy:  Wall Street Journal Jan 8, 2016
  • HBC Acquires Gilt in Move to Increase Web Presence:  New York Times Jan 7, 2016
  • Late Surge Saves otherwise Mediocre Holiday Retail:  Bloomberg Dec 29, 2015
  • Record Post-Christmas Weekend Traffic Caps Holiday Season:  WWD Dec 27, 2015
  • Mall Stores Lag as Online Retailers Thrive:  Wall Street Journal Dec 23, 2015
  • Super Saturday Surge Drives Late Season Holiday Boost:  WWD Dec 21,2015
  • New B8ta Store for Tech Products May Face Challenges:  Los Angeles Times Dec 9, 2015
  • 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
  • Evolving Nature of Black Friday Consumer Behavior:  Wall Street Journal 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