About Us

Who We Are. And What We Do. 

CART is Advancing Retail by connecting the industry to innovation. Retailers, wholesalers and brands utilize CART to find, research and connect with solutions appropriate for their businesses. Solution providers use CART as a go-to-market tool that connects them directly to their target retail audience, all the way into the brick and mortar store itself. CART has unparalleled insight into what’s next in retail and shares this information regularly through multiple channels.



Gary Hawkins

Gary Hawkins, Chief Executive

As Founder and CEO of CART, Gary Hawkins has an unparalleled view to current and future innovation in fast moving consumer goods retail. Reviewing thousands of new solutions each year, combined with over 30 years of industry experience leading shopper-focused innovation across the supply chain, uniquely position Hawkins to guide the future of retail.

Prior to founding CART, Hawkins played an active role working with M&M Meat Shops (Canada), Mitsubishi (Japan), ASDA (UK), Procter & Gamble, Unilever and other prominent companies in markets around the world. He has founded or been strategically involved with numerous successful startups including Convena, RetailNext, and Retalix (acquired by NCR). Earlier in his career, Hawkins was CEO of Green Hills, called “The Best Little Grocery Store in America” by Inc. magazine.

Hawkins has a rare ability to distill the complexity of technology-fueled retail innovation into digestible and actionable insights which he shares as a strategist, author, and noted speaker at industry events worldwide. His work has been widely acknowledged by domestic and international publications including Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, Elsevier, GDO Week, Mobile Commerce, and more. He has authored two internationally-published books, the Age of “I” white paper, the Retail 3.0 series of position papers and myriad articles. Hawkins is a regular guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in addition to keynoting retail conferences in the US and abroad.


Sterling Hawkins

Sterling Hawkins, Operations & Venture Relations

Sterling Hawkins runs operations and venture relations for CART. Sterling’s legacy is that of a 5th generation retailer whose family name is synonymous with supermarket retail (see above:). From that springboard, he has worked with clients on best practices in consumer marketing, loyalty, and retail technology including Mitsubishi, M&M Meat Shop, Procter & Gamble and many others. Through CART, he has also partnered with universities including Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to incorporate the future of retail into their curricula and provide a go-to-market channel for relevant startups.

In 2004, Sterling co-founded, launched and sold his first retail technology company, Convena. He’s been actively involved in the retail technology startup scene ever since, hosting monthly events, mentoring promising entrepreneurs and involved with the board of a regional investment group. Sterling lives in Los Angeles, loves to travel and gives what time he can to non-profits. He received his BS in Management from Bentley University with a Minor in International Studies and passed the Series 65.


Schuyler Hawkins, Business Development

Schuyler Hawkins runs business development for CART and comes from the family background of supermarket retailing. Utilizing extensive operational retail expertise, Schuyler works with solution providers to analyze market fit and then grow awareness and sales. Schuyler received his BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University in 2010 and has passed the Series 65. Additionally, for two years Schuyler served as President of the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Los Angeles, winning two major awards during his tenure: Alumni Club of the Year and Community Service Event of the Year. Schuyler is the voice of CART’s Reality, Retail & Revolution podcast, a guide to the evolving Fourth Industrial Revolution. 



Chris Stauffer

Chris Stauffer, Technology & Product

Christopher Stauffer’s passion for problem solving is the first thing you’ll notice about him. He brings limitless energy and broad insight to every project. Christopher’s career began at Deloitte Consulting in 1999. Since then he has consulted for Toshiba, Nestle, Sony Music, Lexus, Fun Mobility, Fox, American Airlines, Universal Pictures, Associated Production Music, and InfoSpace to name a few. At InfoSpace he managed mobile content storefronts for cellular phone service companies: Cingular, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Samsung, Dobson, and Rogers. He now leads the development team on a variety of projects and evaluates any new retail technology companies coming into the space.