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Robert P Antoshak

Robert P AntoshakBiography

Robert P Antoshak has more than 30 years of experience in the fibre, textile and apparel industries.

With an extensive background in strategic planning, fibre marketing, management consulting, and government relations, Robert has held positions with the Fiber Organon, American Fiber Manufacturers Association, American Textile Manufacturers Institute, Werner International, and INTL-FCStone, and is currently the managing director of Olah Inc, the New York-based marketer of denim fabrics and organiser of the global Kingpins trade show.

Robert has worked as an FBI-cleared industry advisor to the US government on numerous bilateral textile quota trade agreements, NAFTA, the MFA, and the WTO.

Columns by Robert P Antoshak

From Field to ShelfFrom Field to Shelf

Regular opinion about the global market for cotton, textiles and apparel, and how it impacts on the supply chain from the field to the shelf. By industry consultant Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.

Articles by Robert P Antoshak

The cash spot price for US cotton has almost halved over the past yearFrom Field to Shelf – US cotton pays the price for Trump's trade war 20 August 2019

There have always been daunting challenges for the US cotton industry – only now the stakes are higher thanks to US trade policy. And even if there's a truce in the US-China trade war, permanent damage may have already been done, according to industry consultant Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

Price is the only real differentiator in today's apparel market – and is typified by a race to the bottomFrom Field to Shelf – Trade wars hit as apparel loses its appeal 30 July 2019

The trade struggle between the US and China coincides with a changing apparel market that is getting more complicated and confusing to navigate, writes Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.

97% of all apparel sold in the US is importedFrom Field to Shelf – Can global supply chains ever be sustainable? 18 June 2019

How can our industry be truly sustainable if it maintains global supply chains? Don't those supply chains create a carbon footprint so large that there will never be a way to offset the overall ecological impact of such operations? It's an interesting question, says Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.

The tariff war has accelerated the shift of supply chains out of ChinaFrom Field to Shelf – Welcome to Trade Wars. I wish it were only a movie 30 May 2019

We're looking at a significant readjustment of trade relations between the US and China. Get used to it, writes Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.

Dozens of cheaply made products are sold at steep discounts throughout the retail chainFrom Field to Shelf – Economic inequality and its impact on apparel demand 2 May 2019

Our industry makes products that sell based upon discretionary spending by consumers. Clothing is essential, but it's not crucial like food or water. And we're under continuous assault from economic and societal pressures. Income inequality may seem an abstract concern for some readers, but as Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, explains, it comes with real-world consequences.

Globally, economic growth has been slowing since the mid-90sFrom Field to Shelf – How does slowing global economic growth affect apparel? 20 March 2019

Globalisation has given apparel a good ride. But at what cost? asks Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, as he looks at how the industry will grow – or not – in the future.

Ranking countries across a range of metrics is an important part of the sourcing decision-making processFrom Field to Shelf – Using data to rank top apparel supplier countries 14 February 2019

In a changing and uncertain world, data across a range of metrics for individual production countries has a key role to play in decision-making. Here Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc compares labour, production and import prices across the top 25 suppliers of apparel.

The lack of updates for fundamental economic and trade statistics means industry executives are From Field to Shelf – The trade data casualties of Trump’s border wall 11 January 2019

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown. And as Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, explains, this comes at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.

From Field to Shelf – When a truce is anything but a truce 18 December 2018

So, they're saying that the US and China have called a truce on trade. As has been widely reported, while in Argentina for the G20 summit, Presidents Trump and Xi called a truce in the trade war, a so-called 90-day cooling off period to allow trade officials from both countries to meet again to see if a way out is possible. Don't believe it for a minute, says Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

The e3 From Field to Shelf – Here's one local industry that's gaining momentum 27 November 2018

Local production is still in its infancy – as is re-shoring in general – but there's undeniable evidence that something is stirring in our industry that includes a re-evaluation of how and where our products are made. Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, reports on a tale of two industries.

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