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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 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.

For cotton, the challenge is to tell a compelling story while remaining price competitive opposite synthetic alternativesFrom Field to Shelf – The challenge for cotton amid a changing consumer 23 October 2018

Cotton is being battered on all fronts, from false information campaigns, to competition from synthetic alternatives, and a changing consumer. The challenge now facing the cotton industry is how to regain its footing, explains Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. 

For many clothing companies, sustainability initiatives only add to cost structuresFrom Field to Shelf — Tariffs and the cost to sustainability 28 September 2018

In a world of trade wars, disrupted supply chains, and rising raw material costs, can the apparel industry afford sustainability? Throw tariffs into the mix, and now things become problematic at best, believes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

There are a lot of elements besides labour in the production of low-cost garmentsHow labour costs compare across 25 top supply countries 5 September 2018

It takes more than cheap labour to produce competitively priced clothing – and the re:source by just-style online sourcing tool lets us quickly measure and compare how labour costs stack up for the world's top 25 clothing supply countries.

Garments are costing buyers a little more if they contain natural fibres – and a lot less if they contains synthetic fibresGuess what? When you weren’t looking prices inched up 20 August 2018

Guess what? When you weren’t looking prices inched up...unless you sourced clothing made with synthetics. With talk of trade conflicts affecting prices across the board, we have analysed statistics over multiple years to provide a baseline from which to gauge what adjustments to expect.

The so-called From Field to Shelf – Will fast fashion be a trade war casualty? 6 August 2018

The worsening tariff war between the US and China reads like a bad Cold War thriller to Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. Here he looks at the possible next chapters and their implications on apparel sourcing.

For the moment, only textiles are subject to the second round of US tariffsFrom Field to Shelf – Hold the hysteria on Trump's tariffs 17 July 2018

Over the past few days, the media has covered the current round of tariff retaliations between the US and China as a boxing match, writes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. But it’s only round two and for now, at least, calm analysis is what’s needed.

Raw cotton from the US is stuck in the middle of the Chinese retaliatory tariff listFrom Field to Shelf – US cotton just took one for the team 26 June 2018

The price of cotton fell more than 10 cents a pound last week, after getting caught in the crossfire of the the tit-for-tat trade war between the US and China. Writing in his new ‘From Field To Shelf’ column on just-style, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, says Trump just trashed the American cotton industry, and asks: What happens now?

China remains the world's largest exporter of denim fabricWhere are the world's key sources of denim fabrics? 15 February 2018

What are the key sources in the world supply of denim fabrics? In particular, which countries play a major role in the trade of this essential material? And do global trade flows offer an insight into possible future trends? Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, takes a look at the data.

The price of cotton has risen in recent months – in part due to higher demand for US cotton priced in depreciating dollarsTrump goes to Davos as uncertainty abounds 5 February 2018

Trump goes to Davos while NAFTA grinds on, the dollar tumbles, and uncertainty reigns. Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, tries to unravel what it might mean – if anything – for the textile and clothing sector.

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