John Hackling (Transport) Ltd

  • Hackling House, Bourton Industrial Park
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Cheltenham
  • Gloucestershire
  • United Kingdom
  • GL54 2HQ (map)

  • Tel: 01451 820379
  • Fax: 01451 822177
  • Website:


  • Kevin Field, Operations Director
  • Val Gavins, Accounts Clerk
  • Kenneth J Hackling, Managing Director
  • Stuart Mitchell, Financial Director
  • Number of Employees: 101 - 250

warehousing and storage , haulage

Pallet Distribution Gloucestershire

Pallet Distribution Gloucestershire

UK pallet distribution, commercial warehousing and fulfilment

Since 1968, John Hackling (Transport) Ltd has supported businesses in Gloucestershire and around the UK with a range of road haulage, warehousing and fulfilment services.
As one of the founding haulage companies in Palletline and the ADR Hazchem Network we combine flexible local haulage with cost-effective nationwide trunking, European distribution services and fully integrated transport logistics.
Our main services
  • Nationwide Palletline services
  • National palletised Hazchem delivery
  • Secure warehousing and storage
  • Distribution and logistic
  • Backloads and load consolidation
  • On-vehicle pallet handling for more convenient collections and deliveries
  • Freight forwarding
  • Industrial park management
  • Corporate roll outs and fulfilment
  • Local knowledge of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Avonmouth International haulage (strong partnerships with European distribution services)
Above all, we get palletised products to where they should be in the UK and Europe, on-time and in perfect condition, every time.
Call 01451 812 306 or email us to learn how we’ll help you build profitable business.
The benefits of choosing Hacklings
  • We help customers build profitable business 
  • Conveniently located modern warehousing and distribution facilities
  • The reassurance of a friendly, experienced team
  • More than 40 years’ local, nationwide and international haulage experience
  • We handle oversize freight that other haulage companies won’t touch
  • We meet customers’ needs with full logistics and distribution support (including order picking and corporate roll outs
  • Customers enjoy competitive rates on all services

Service sets us apart from other haulage companies.

Whether we’re working directly or as a member of the Palletline and Hazchem networks, knowledgeable, reliable service makes Hacklings the partner of choice for discerning UK distributors and other businesses. Call 01451 812 306 or email us now for more information.

Road Haulage Services

Road Haulage Services

Cost-effective road haulage services
Ultimately, only one thing matters: delivering a customer’s goods where they want them, when they want them and in the condition they want them to be in at a competitive price.

  • The flexibility and convenience of wide-ranging haulage services under one roof
  • Reliable local delivery and cost-effective nationwide trunking
  • Daily palletised UK delivery
  • Convenient road haulage links with EU partners for European haulage and beyond…
The road haulage services that support UK business
When customers entrust John Hackling (Transport) Ltd with their palletised distribution, they benefit from a range of services and expertise:
  • The experience to handle nationwide fulfilment (including major corporate roll outs
  • Handling the oversize freight/abnormal loads other contractors won’t touch
  • Kooi and Moffet truck mounted forklifts for convenient pallet handling on delivery
  • Years of Hazchem experience (as founder members of the Hazchem Network)
  • Our own warehousing and fulfilment service for one stop UK haulage, distribution and storage
We’ve got a lot invested in every delivery
With more than 40 successful years in road haulage, we’re a general haulage and warehousing company that invests heavily in the training and technology underpinning customers’ on-time deliveries. Whether it’s the latest Global Live vehicle tracking system, ADR Hazchem training for drivers and warehouse personnel, or sophisticated 24-hour security at our Gloucestershire warehouse facilities, we invest in road haulage services so customers enjoy worry-free, competitively priced, on-time deliveries.

Trade organisation memberships
  • Road Haulage Association (RHA)
  • Transport Association (TA)
  • UK Warehousing Association ( UKWA)
  • Hazchem Network
  • Palletline

Distribution and Logistics

Distribution and Logistics

Distribution and logistics means more than just ‘haulage’
We’re much more than ‘just your haulier’. Years of experience means that John Hackling (Transport) Ltd has a cost-effective answer to customers’ diverse integrated haulage, storage and fulfilment needs.

  • More than 120,000 square feet of secure 24hr CCTV-monitored warehouse space
  • Over 7,500 pallet spaces ready for customers’ product
  • 40 years’ distribution management expertise
  • Large corporate roll outs warehoused and distributed
  • All elements of fulfilment undertaken

We ‘drive, store, pick and pack’ so customers don’t have to
For a single pallet across Gloucestershire, a full load to Europe, secure warehousing, or a 500-outlet corporate roll out, our customers are in safe hands with our distribution solutions.

A full range of rigid and articulated vehicles and a ‘can do’ attitude makes tackling the most demanding distribution and logistics requirements easy. Being conveniently based in the Cotswolds, we offer daily collections and nationwide distribution from Gloucestershire (GL), Oxfordshire (OX) and Wiltshire (SN) addresses. We also handle oversize loads that other distribution companies won’t touch and offer special rates for full loads.

For overnight, next day, 48 or 72 hr delivery services, we’ll agree and achieve supply chain distribution service levels that match the way our customer’s business works.

Distribution and logistics highlights

  • Single and multi-pallet freight distribution
  • Standard and oversize pallet handling
  • Founder members of the Palletline network
  • Specialised truck-mounted forklifts simplify awkward deliveries
  • We’re founder members of leading UK distribution networks including the specialised Hazchem Network for ADR packaged chemicals
  • Our same day courier service integrates seamlessly with nationwide trunking

The reassurance of trade memberships
Hacklings’ trade organisation memberships include the following:

  • UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)
  • Road Haulage Association (RHA)
  • Transport Association (TA)

Warehousing and Storage

Warehousing and Storage

Secure, convenient warehousing and storage

Sometimes businesses face a sudden stock overflow, a major e-fulfilment campaign (we can help you with the fulfilment too), or are about to receive a large delivery from overseas. Whatever drives their need for UK warehousing, John Hackling (Transport) Ltd can help businesses delight their customers and build their reputations with purpose built commercial storage and related services.

Not just haulage, but warehousing and storage too
Despite its name, Hacklings is more than ‘just another experienced haulier’. For customers’ convenience, we also operate our own warehousing logistics and warehousing fulfilment operation near the M4, M5 and M40 motorways (more than 120,000 square feet of racked storage and 7500 pallet spaces).

  • Developing key performance indicators (KPIs) to customer specifications
  • Managing inventory control and reporting
  • Corporate roll outs (from one to 500 outlets around the UK)
  • Full pick/pack/deliver fulfilment saves customers time and money
  • ADR-trained warehouse staff for hazardous consignments
  • Online order entry and stock monitoring with barcode technology
  • Full Warehouse and Inventory Management 
  • Complete Track and Trace 
  • Work Order Management (Goods In and Out)
  • Picking and distribution of sales orders 
  • Retail replenishment
  • Variable and fixed pick faces
  • RF and barcode technologies 
  • Integrated communications 
  • RFID
  • Integrated web-enabled activities
  • Total reporting flexibility

Secure commercial storage
Our site is purpose-built with advanced 24-hour security (including palisade fencing, remote CCTV, IR sensors, intruder recognition and RedCare). Hacklings warehousing solutions are tailor-made for your needs. Naturally, there’s the latest IT infrastructure for monitoring and managing customer storage.

  • All warehousing and storage is fully insulated and ideal for dry goods storage
  • Any size pallet accommodated (abnormal pallets a speciality)
  • Seamless integration with national Palletline and Hazchem networks
  • Handballing of loose goods
  • We’ll destuff palletised containers
  • Palletisation and packaging
  • Handling return goods

International Haulage

International Haulage

International haulage to or from Europe and beyond
From its base in Southern England, John Hackling Transport is perfectly positioned to handle palletised, Hazchem or containerised international haulage consignments to and from destinations in Southern Ireland, France, Germany and around the world. We specialise in the receipt, storage and reliable onward distribution of freight from European hauliers

  • Palletised European haulage through our own hub
  • Acceptance of freight and onward dispatch of deliveries from European hauliers
  • Carefully selected international haulage partners for customers’ peace of mind
  • Seamless links with the UK’s Palletline and Hazchem networks

Modern secure warehousing
Arranging for containers to collect freight from anywhere in the world.
Organising container shipping from worldwide ports to the UK.

A reliable international transportation partner
Moving palletised or Hazchem products around the UK is demanding enough. Taking pallets abroad adds further challenges and makes it vital to use trusted international haulage companies such as Hacklings. That’s why we’ve built solid partnerships with leading European road haulage businesses and container shipping companies that share our commitment to customer satisfaction.

We’ll do everything from collecting freight anywhere in the world to arranging customs clearance and secure transport from UK ports to our Gloucestershire warehouse. And of course, we regularly accept and distribute freight brought into the UK by European hauliers.

Once a load has reached our Cotswold-based hub, we’ll unload, palletise and store customers’ products in secure, insulated warehousing. We can also provide a complete fulfilment package to save customers the cost of providing their own premises, equipment and dedicated staff.
Other international services include the following:

  • Organising customs clearance
  • Transport from all UK Ports to our warehouse
  • Accepting and inspecting inward deliveries
  • Providing container ramps to unload palletised shipping containers
  • Providing unloading platforms for ‘handball’ containers
  • Palletisation and packaging
  • Setting up, identifying, bar-coding and locating palletised stocks
  • Creating stock control databases
  • Undertaking pick & pack services (including re-packing, inserting and re-labelling)
  • Managing inventory control and reporting
  • Handling order dispatch and returns

Driver CPC Training

Driver CPC Training

As an approved training provider, Hacklings offers high quality Driver CPC/Periodic Training for your company, either at your premises or from our own facilities at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

  •  Fork Lift Training
  • • Counter Balance
  • • Articulated Fork Lifts
  • • Lorry Mounted Fork Lift
  • • Aerial Platforms
  • • Driver Assessor Training
  • • LGV – All Class Assessments
  • • Employee Assessments
  • • Tachograph Training (Digital and Analogue)
  • Tail Lift Training


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