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PARK CITY, Utah -- Industry veteran Robert P. Hermanns has joined inventory and labor optimization software vendor Park City Group as s.v.p. responsible for U.S. customer relations and corporate development. He will also become a member of Park City's board of directors.
"Retailers have more options than ever when it comes to technological solutions," said Hermanns. "Only those technology companies that have true retail experience can possibly understand the enormously complex and tremendously diverse issues that today's retailers face on a daily basis."
Hermanns has over 40 years' experience in all phases of retail and wholesale grocery operations. He was president, c.e.o., and vice chairman of Associated Grocers, Inc. from 2002 through 2005. Previously, he was the c.o.o. of Weis Markets, which operates 163 retail food markets in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Prior to joining Weis Markets, Hermanns had a 30-year career with American Stores Co., an $18 billion food and drug retailer, where he held a number of executive management positions, including c.o.o. for procurement and logistics. While at American Stores, he spent 10 years with the Lucky Stores Divisions in California, serving as e.v.p. and g.m. of the 240-store Southern California Division and s.v.p. of marketing for the Northern California Division.
Hermanns began his career with Jewel Food Stores, serving in a variety of management positions from store manager to grocery merchandising manager.
Additionally, Hermanns served on the board of directors of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the board of directors of the Western Association of Food Chains, and the board of directors of Western Family Foods. He has been actively involved in trade-supported charity organizations, including City of Hope, Olive Crest Abused Children Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Mexican American Grocers Association, National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Hermanns is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BS degree in food marketing, and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California.