From Field to Shelf

From Field to Shelf

By: Robert P Antoshak

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.



From Field to Shelf – Now is the time for NGOs to step 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 Apr 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.


From Field to Shelf – Does coronavirus mark the end of globalisation? 1 Apr 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.


From Field to Shelf – Why is cotton always the industry punch bag? 14 Feb 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?


From Field to Shelf – Global apparel prices rise under Trump's trade war 23 Dec 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.


From Field to Shelf – Sustainability is fast fashion’s Achilles heel 22 Nov 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.


From Field to Shelf – So, is near-shoring a thing? 21 Oct 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.


From Field to Shelf – US cotton pays the price for Trump's trade war 20 Aug 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.


From Field to Shelf – Trade wars hit as apparel loses its appeal 30 Jul 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.


From 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.


From 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.


From Field to Shelf – How does slowing global economic growth affect apparel? 20 Mar 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.


From Field to Shelf – Using data to rank top apparel supplier countries 14 Feb 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.


From Field to Shelf – The trade data casualties of Trump’s border wall 11 Jan 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 Dec 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.


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