Smart Technologies like 3D printing and drones are driving changes in materials handling, reports Supply Chain Dive.

According to the Loadstar, fear of failing behind is driving the increase in both supply chain technology and companies that use it.

According to Convenience Store News, 7-11 is streamlining its supply chain process. The company has partnered with DA Software Inc, it will use its software to fill stores’ respective perishable orders and plan for their respective demand and load.

Supply chain professionals are in demand reports the Wall Street Journal. On average the pay for supply chain professionals rose average salary for supply-chain professionals rose 4.1% in 2017.

FedEx is investing in blockchain technology, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company hopes that blockchain technology to provide greater visibility and efficiency in its supply chain.