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How Major Retailers are Redefining the Sustainable Packaging Game

Make PDFPrintAs consumer preferences continue to shift, with more people seeking eco friendly, sustainable packaging in the products they buy, some of the world’s biggest retailers are taking note. Both Walmart and Amazon, for instance, have launched comprehensive packaging sustainability initiatives. Walmart’s Packaging Scorecard Just over a decade ago, Walmart introduced their proprietary Packaging Scorecard […]


The Rise of Single-Serve Food Packaging

Make PDFPrintAs consumer preferences shift and technologies advance in both the food and beverage and the food packaging industries, smaller-sized packages are becoming more popular. Thanks to an increased focus on health, convenience, and environmental sustainability, single-serve and miniature food packaging solutions are in high demand. RELATED: Taking the Eco-Friendly Packaging Leap With consumers now […]


How to Choose the Right Eco Friendly Packaging –
Biodegradable vs. Compostable vs. Recyclable

Make PDFPrintFor many years, plastic has been the standard in packaging. As concerns mount over environmental issues, however, there’s increasing demand for sustainable alternatives. In some cities, such as San Francisco, governments are passing legislation that bans the use of plastic bags, while many retailers are proactively taking steps to “go green.” Popular food retailer […]


Business Alliance

How Chemical Companies Work with Toll Coaters

Make PDFPrintIntroducing Sierra’s Business Alliance Program Though there are many keys to success in product development, two are most notable: speed to market and proof of production. To address the time and costs factors associated with developing a new product, business alliances are a great way to work efficiently and effectively. For example, many chemical […]


The Advantages of Toll and Contract Manufacturing

Make PDFPrintDeveloping On-Demand Services in Manufacturing Consumers have grown accustomed to getting what they want, when they want it —services like Uber, Seamless, and Netflix are examples of how this on-demand business model can be successful. What if the on-demand model could be expanded to the manufacturing space? Contract and toll manufacturing are prime examples […]


Time to Plan

Why Raw Material Planning in Manufacturing is Essential

Make PDFPrintYou’ve heard the terms “toll manufacturing” and “contract manufacturing” before. In fact, you may have even read about them last year in our blog on toll manufacturing versus contract manufacturing. Toll and contract manufacturing are both advanced tools for supply chain management. These types of manufacturing processes are usually utilized in new product development. They are […]



Finding a Cost-Effective Poly Replacement for Packaging

Make PDFPrintThe Move to Eco-Friendly Packaging Over the past several years, businesses across multiple industries have taken a growing interest in environmental sustainability. The packaging industry plays a critical role in this movement, as packaging is often the first thing a customer notices about a product. As such, companies are tasked with reconciling environmentally-conscious material […]


Join Us at Lambeau for the 2016 Converters Expo

Make PDFPrintNorth America’s biggest packaging show is right around the corner. The 2016 Converters Expo will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 13th and 14th at the legendary Lambeau Field. Our Sierra Coating team will be at booth #A213, ready to welcome our old colleagues and connect with new show attendees. We are […]


Toll Manufacturing versus Contract Manufacturing

Make PDFPrintToll manufacturing and contract manufacturing are two relatively similar forms of supply chain management that are often misunderstood and confused. While both of these manufacturing options have distinct and clear characteristics, their most  strategic advantage  is their ability to provide customers with valuable ways to save both time and capital on their product line […]