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Member Minute with Brett Schaefer of United Warehouse

Posted by: Angie Prather on Thursday, September 24, 2020
United Warehouse Company
901 East 45th St. North
Wichita, KS 67219
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United Warehouse Company (UWC) has been implementing innovative logistics solutions for major manufacturers since 1915. Brett Schaefer (pictured below) is the 3rd generation of the Schaefer family to actively manage the business. Schaefer has worked at the company for more than 25 years and has been President of the business since 2010. He recently shared his thoughts about why United Warehouse Company has thrived for so long and the importance of their Chamber membership. 
Tell us about your business.
United Warehouse has been providing services in the movement of goods since 1915. I've used Banking as an analogy many times for what we do. Instead of our customers giving us their money, they entrust us with their inventories. Many things have changed in the last 100 plus years and will continue as the world is ever changing. Currently in Wichita, we operate 420,000 square feet of shared logistics services and contract services. We have 45 team members and we're excited for the future growth in this market. Our mission is: YOU! Your Mission. Our Passion. UNITED!
(See the centennial anniversary video about United Warehouse by following this link.)
What do you find most valuable about Chamber membership?
The opportunity to network within our community and to stay informed in government affairs.
What is the best thing about operating in the Wichita area?
The people! The Wichita area has some of best talent in the US. They truly make United Warehouse who we are today.
Describe your company's most recent success.
In today's world with Covid19, we are proud of our ability to continually change to meet the demand of essential goods. The impact on our customers has been very difficult, and different for each of them, and we have been able to adjust to ensure their goods continue to move.
To what do you attribute your success?
Our team members are clearly our greatest asset! They are the warriors that keep the goods moving regardless of the challenges we face. 
What is your favorite Chamber event, program, or service and why?
The numerous opportunities for networking. We believe people still want to work with people and the many Chamber events allows us to learn about both the companies and people involved.
What differentiates you from others who provide similar services?
Our team and their commitment to excellent service.
What about your organization are you most passionate?
Our team and our ability to drive change in how goods move. 
On a scale of 1 to 10, how strongly would you recommend Chamber membership to a colleague? Why?
10. There is no greater single source with the number of opportunities to stay informed and network within our community.

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6 comments on "Member Minute with Brett Schaefer of United Warehouse"

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Andrew Wiens on October 7, 2020 at 10:18:01 am said:
Great story about an impressive business that has been innovating for generations. Keep up the great work, Brett and team!
Angie Elliott on September 25, 2020 at 11:14:09 am said:
Research shows that only about 12% of family businesses reach to the third generation. It is rare air to breath! What a tremendous asset United Warehouse is to not only their clients but the legacy of Wichita entrepreneurship. Congrats, Brett, and your entire team!
Jaime Dupy on September 24, 2020 at 12:00:40 pm said:
I love working with multi-generational Chamber members like United Warehouse. It is so exciting and rewarding to watch these longstanding companies adapt, grow and thrive here in Wichita!
Dale Seiwert on September 24, 2020 at 11:03:05 am said:
It is so good to see that family businesses still thrive in our city! Brett and his team obviously do things right given the trust that other businesses give them to keep their goods secure. You are the reason I am happy to say I am a member of the Chamber staff. Thanks for your support.
Chevis Rebstock on September 24, 2020 at 10:50:00 am said:
420 thousand square feet of shared logistics space - WOWZA!!! What a great solution for companies needing to expand their logistical operations.
Angie Prather on September 24, 2020 at 10:23:15 am said:
I'm always impressed by companies that have such great staying power. 100+ years is a lot to celebrate.Thank you to the team at United Warehouse for sharing your story with us.
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