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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

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.

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.

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