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It makes sense, if your retail/wholesale firm is located in the NE but you are trying to facilitate delivery and decrease shipping costs to distantly located customers in the West, to have a Left Coast facility, but not a fully stocked one because of cost.
In a pennypinching economy with a perishable product, you decrease stocks stored as necessary to cut losses.
Don't whine. When I order ANYTHING from mid to central California, it takes a minimum of 8-10 days to arrive to my location in the PNW by UPS, but not USPS, just a hair shorter than if I order from the Right Coast!