Pick and Pack Order
Fulfillment at IDS

IDS Pick and Pack Order Fulfillment Services

The need for pick-and-pack order fulfillment services grows exponentially in today’s retail world, where eCommerce is increasingly relied upon as a primary market channel. At IDS, we focus on our clients and their brands with processes and procedures designed around your business and products. Our capabilities, flexibility, and process-driven approach enable our clients to aggressively pursue their own marketing, branding, and sales opportunities while knowing their efforts are backed up with a responsive and successful experience from customers placing an order all the way through to receiving and opening their packages. We provide a complete and scalable platform to align with our clients’ changing needs while continuing to meet the KPIs most important to your business.

What is Pick and Pack Fulfillment?

Pick and pack fulfillment is a business logistics subtask of order processing that involves picking individual items from the shelves of a warehouse, packing them, and then shipping them to the consumer. However, the end-to-end process consists of several steps. It begins when a consumer places an order, which these days is primarily through an online store. When the customer places the order, it will be routed to whatever order fulfillment center is responsible for filling the order and getting it sent to the customer. Some companies handle all this in-house, but many have outsourced order fulfillment to third-party logistics partners who manage it for them.

The warehouse management system (WMS) generates a new order request and a packing slip, which is then assigned to a warehouse worker (a picker) who will retrieve the ordered item(s) from wherever they are in the warehouse. Once the picker has picked the ordered item(s), they will deliver them to the nearest packing station, where another warehouse worker (a packer) will select the appropriate packaging materials and pack up the order. Then, the package must have the correct shipping label applied to it, which can vary by shipping carrier, and off it goes. Given the constant pressure from consumers to get free shipping, making the pick-and-pack process as efficient as possible to control costs is critical.

Pick Methods for Order Fulfillment

The picking part of the process can be done using several different methods. IDS utilizes various methods based on which would be the most efficient for both your time and money while ensuring maximum accuracy in delivery. Here are different picking methods:

Piece Picking

This is the most common form of pick and pack fulfillment. Piece picking retrieves each item individually from an order sheet. This process works well for small orders, although it can be time-consuming as pickers may walk across a warehouse multiple times to complete one order.

Wave Picking

An evolution of zone picking, this method keeps a worker in one zone, but they work on more than one list at a time. This method also leads to improved efficiencies and addresses the downside of Zone picking being fixed to one location.

Zone Picking

This method has become more popular due to the increased efficiency it leads to. Zone picking keeps the employee in a specified area zone where they only pick products in that zone before passing the list on to the next zone. This significantly cuts down on the traveling required for piece pick and packing while increasing the efficiency of batch pick and packing.

Batch Picking

Increased efficiency comes with this method when compared to piece picking. A picker can complete multiple orders at once by using multiple lists, usually ones that share items, and grabbing the overall quantity needed there before moving on to the next item. This cuts down on the amount of traveling the employee does across the warehouse and the time each order takes.

The Benefits of Outsourcing Pick and Pack Order Fulfillment

When most businesses are first starting out, they can easily handle order fulfillment in-house. Over time, however, if the business grows significantly, there will likely come a time when it realizes it no longer has the capacity or resources to handle order fulfillment in-house. This is when outsourcing to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider makes sense. In some cases, even after outsourcing, a business might grow or change enough that it outstrips the capacity of its first 3PL partner and must switch to a different one to meet its needs. Both scenarios include some telltale pain points indicating it’s time to make a change, including some or all of the following:

Shipping delays

Prompt shipping is crucial for customer satisfaction, and delays can significantly harm your company’s reputation and customer retention.

Customer Complaints

about shipments can lead to lost customers and negative reviews, impacting your business’s reputation and sales.

Shipping delays

Prompt shipping is crucial for customer satisfaction, and delays can significantly harm your company’s reputation and customer retention.

Inventory management issues

Efficient inventory management is fundamental for avoiding overstock or stockout situations, ensuring customer satisfaction and optimal operational efficiency.

Limited storage space

Insufficient storage space can hinder business expansion and the ability to meet customer demand, limiting revenue potential.

Inefficient fulfillment processes

Inefficiencies in fulfillment can lead to errors, delays, and increased costs, impacting both customer satisfaction and operational profitability.

Limited capital

Lack of funds can prevent investment in necessary infrastructure, limiting growth and leading to operational challenges.

Desire to focus on core activities

Managing order fulfillment can divert attention from core business activities and negatively impact overall business development and growth.

Key Characteristics When Choosing a 3PL Partner

If several or more of the pain points described above apply to your company’s situation regarding order fulfillment, it may well be time to consider outsourcing to a 3PL provider or switching from one 3PL partner to another. Below are the key considerations to keep in mind when evaluating potential 3PL warehouse order fulfillment providers:

Efficiency and accuracy:

Ensuring the provider uses the latest technology, paired with different picking methods (piece, batch, zone, wave) for efficiency and accuracy in operations is crucial.

Technological integration:

You want a 3PL provider with an advanced WMS that can automate and optimize operations, maintaining a live record of all inventory and orders for instant order status checking.


The ability of the service provider to scale operations according to your company’s growth and demand fluctuations is essential.


Your business needs a service that can be tailored to your specific needs and can adapt to changes and growth over time.

Wide range of services:

The best 3PL providers offer an array of value-added services, including relabeling, cross-docking, kitting, and more, thereby offering a one-stop solution for various fulfillment needs.


Ensure the pricing structure aligns with your company’s budget and is transparent, meaning no hidden fees or charges.


Proximity to major markets and transportation routes is essential for timely and cost-effective fulfillment.

Experience and expertise:

You want a partner who has been in the industry long enough to create a smooth-running process.

Support and consultation:

Look for solid customer support backed by client testimonials to ensure you’ll get the guidance and assistance you need for successful fulfillment operations.

Why Choose IDS for Pick and Pack Fulfillment?

Now that you know the key factors to consider when searching for a 3PL warehouse and order fulfillment partner, here’s what we want you to know about IDS:


IDS relentlessly pursues continual improvement on efficiency, which can lead to cost savings. We are also transparent about our pricing, allowing your business to budget for fulfillment services accurately.

Technology and efficiency

We utilize advanced warehouse management systems, various picking methods to ensure efficiency and accuracy, and superior shipping software to obtain the optimal mix of cost and speed of delivery.

Customization and flexibility

IDS designs processes and procedures around individual businesses and products, ensuring a tailored approach to order fulfillment. Moreover, we offer flexibility across the board, including flex labor, integrated robotic systems, and the ability to add additional stations as needed, ensuring we can meet diverse business needs.

Reputation and reliability

IDS has a longstanding reputation for delivering superior third-party logistics services, supported by a wealth of experience in the industry that comes from more than fifty years of providing our clients with practical solutions.

Customer support and communication

We always emphasize effective communication and reporting, allowing you to monitor and manage logistics operations seamlessly. IDS strives for excellence in customer support.


Strategically located fulfillment centers, including the Crossroads of America (Indianapolis, Indiana) and the Crossroads of the West (Salt Lake City, Utah) ensure both accessibility and efficiency in distribution.


IDS offers flexibility to meet your needs, including flex labor, integrated robotic systems, and increased staffing.

Safety and compliance

We’ve made safety and compliance an ongoing priority so our clients know we adhere to all applicable regulations and quality standards for the secure handling of various products and materials.

IDS Technology Advantage: Our Warehouse and Shipping Systems

It’s critical to emphasize the importance of technology to superior pick-and-pack order fulfillment. Our warehouse management system (WMS) drives IDS as a leader in the pick-and-pack order fulfillment industry. Designed to automate and optimize overall operations, the WMS keeps a live record of all inventory and orders, giving our clients real-time visibility to instantly find any order status and see what’s happening with their merchandise.

This system is also the key to maintaining accuracy, with employees updating each order at every step. It’s the WMS that allows us to focus on not only efficiency and accuracy but also scalability. Online ordering is a living ecosystem, fluctuating based on any given day or time of year. IDS offers flexibility across the board, including flex labor, integrated robotic systems, increased staffing, and the ability to add additional stations as needed. This allows us to provide top-level, white-glove service to our clients with minimal delays or disruptions. Read more about our Warehouse Manage System.

We’re also proud to give our clients access to the ProParcel shipping solution that cuts through the differences between carriers to accurately pinpoint and automatically select the most cost-efficient shipping carrier and shipping method for each order. The system is customizable to your preferences so you can meet your company’s customer expectations.

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