Mark recently posted about Building Near Your Customers. Here's another reason – your product might end up at the bottom of the sea. Check out what's happened to 5,000 cars on their way to the Vancouver.
I wouldn't propose that this is actual on my list of reasons for building near your customers, but I can say that you are more likely to have problems if you transport the product 5x as far and handle the product twice as many times.
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