The Gray Cat Learning Series

Fifteen (15) hands-on, business training courses each ranging from 25-to-90 minutes in length


Complete Course - Request for Proposal (RFP) Process

Learn How to Manage a Vendor Request for Proposal Process through Our RFP Course

Selecting the correct vendors – in addition to managing these vendors during the selection process and beyond – can often be the difference between making your store profitable or simply providing real estate for the vendors to sell their goods. This course offers the best practices on how to manage the RFP process and will set the tone for all your go-forward vendors. 


What are the Key Elements in a Request for Proposal Process?

This course gives you key insights on how to negotiate the best vendor deals. 

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Game-Changing Strategies for Retailers

Game-Changing Strategies for Retailers

This book walks readers through the key elements of founding, maintaining, and growing a business and demonstrates the importance of business planning; and the intricacies of daily operations, merchandising, marketing, real estate, and capital management.

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"John was a significant and positive contributor to our business. His vast experience in multiple businesses, channels and verticals serves him well as he navigates different business situations. There are not many scenarios that John has not faced....and for us, he dealt with them successfully. He is realistic, flexible, consistent, transparent, tactful, and successful. We would not have been able to achieve our positive results without John's contributions."

J.J. Sorrenti - CEO, Best Life Brands


 "I have always held John in the highest regard! He is a real talent...a consummate professional and business partner! John has a bias for results and takes personal ownership! I appreciate all he has done; a real advocate for sustainable solutions with long-term strategies."

Rick Woolverton - VP of Retail Operations, Global Partners


“I had the chance to work with John Matthews on a large-scale, multi-departmental, discretionary capital project at Global Partners for two years. John was the leader of both the outside consultants as well as the internal teams at Global. It was quite an undertaking for an outside consultant to command the respect of all parties and as importantly, move the process forward in an on-time, on-budget fashion. John is a quintessential leader that is a master at melding strategic direction with tactical execution. He is a pro.” 

Tom Ross - President & CEO, RossCo LLC

John Matthews - President & CEO, Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc.

John Matthews is the Founder and President of Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc. a Raleigh, NC-based management consulting company. Gray Cat specializes in strategic project management and consulting for multi-unit operations; interim executive management; and strategic planning. Mr. Matthews has over 30 years of senior-level executive experience in the retail industry, involving three dynamic multi-unit companies. Mr. Matthews experience includes President of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches; Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising, Corporate Communications, Facilities and Real Estate for Clark Retail Enterprises/White Hen Pantry; and National Marketing Director at Little Caesar's Pizza! Pizza!