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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

Excluding tariffs, average global apparel prices have risen by 1.4% over the past yearFrom Field to Shelf – Global apparel prices rise under Trump's trade war 23 December 2019

An effect of the US-China trade war is that prices on imports into the US have gone up. But not just those from China – the cost of apparel sold to American importers from countries other than China has also risen. Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, ponders the implications.

Consumers are calling for more transparency in industry supply chains, and more examples of sustainable productionFrom Field to Shelf – Sustainability is fast fashion’s Achilles heel 22 November 2019

Fast Fashion may be a successful way of operating in today's hyper-competitive market, but it has a glaring weakness: sustainability. Moreover, two aspects of sustainability – environmental impact and worker well-being – are often buried under greenwashed marketing and feel-good statistics. And according to Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, that's where the seeds of fast fashion's demise have taken root.

The case for near-shoring comes from the desire for sustainably-made products by younger consumersFrom Field to Shelf – So, is near-shoring a thing? 21 October 2019

Hot on the heels of a new survey into sustainable sourcing, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc offers his take on some of the key findings – and suggests a knock-on effect will see more companies take another look at sourcing closer to the consumer.

Consumers' insatiable appetite for new things is part of the problem facing the fashion industryFrom Field to Shelf – What price fast-fashion and the future of clothes? 17 September 2019

The harsh realities of the global business of textiles and apparel are set out in a new book 'Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes.' Aimed at the general public, explains industry consultant Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, the message for industry insiders is clear: clean up your act.

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.

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