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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

20% of human endeavours result in most of society's forward momentumFrom Field to Shelf – How the apparel industry can become exceptional 9 July 2020

As disheartened members of this supply chain, and as optimistic consumers, we commit to being part of the 20% – the minority demanding and developing, launching, and implementing new and sustainable innovations and standards up and down the supply chain. By Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc, and April Kappler, consultant to the cotton and textile supply chain.

From Field to Shelf – Selling garments should never be the same 10 June 2020

As an industry we keep repeating ourselves: making the same mistakes over and over again. Twenty-five years ago, the pain was felt in America. Today it's suffered in Bangladesh. We must acknowledge that it's time for a change. The old model has overstayed its welcome and outlived its usefulness. It should be scrapped for something better. By Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.

The catastrophe has provided a rare opportunity for NGOs to set the industry on a better trackFrom Field to Shelf – Now is the time for NGOs to up their game 12 May 2020

If non-governmental organisations (NGOs) wish to remain relevant – and productive – they need to press their case now. Otherwise the fashion industry will go back to its old ways of doing business in a post-Covid world, says Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.

From Field to Shelf – The apparel industry is about to change 15 April 2020

Pondering the future of the apparel industry, Robert Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc notes: We can take one path which points us toward a more promising future, or we can choose a second path that simply repeats the mistakes of the past.

US retailers are reeling from store closures and slumping salesFrom Field to Shelf – Does coronavirus mark the end of globalisation? 1 April 2020

Are we witnessing the end of globalisation? The simple answer is no. But there is a more nuanced response: globalisation will survive, but it will be different from what we've known, believes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

It's hard to discern what's fact and what's hype when it comes to cottonFrom Field to Shelf – Why is cotton always the industry punch bag? 14 February 2020

Having worked in the cotton industry for many years (including as a consultant to BASF's e3 sustainable cotton programme), one of the things I've noticed about clothing brands is that when pressed on sustainable production they almost always blame cotton for their woes, writes Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc. Why is this?

Online shopping is a major contributor to the fashion industry’s environmental footprintFrom Field to Shelf – The environmental cost of online shopping 23 January 2020

E-commerce has been a boon for the fashion retail industry. But it also comes with a cost: the overnight deliveries and corresponding returns add dramatically to the carbon footprint of our industry, whether we like to admit it or not, says Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.

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.

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