Texas office equipment is better than Texas law requires, but it costs more
The Texas office furniture, office supplies, and software business is one of the largest and most profitable in the state, according to a report released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Insurance.
The report found that the average Texas office furnishings company’s revenue was nearly $2 million a year, and it spent more than $7 million on office equipment in the first half of the year.
The average cost of a Texas office computer was $12,400, while the average cost for a Texas IT professional was $52,200.
Texas was ranked number one for cost of office supplies and software in the report.
Texas was ranked second for the number of companies with a workforce of more than 200 people.
Texas ranked third for the average annual cost of an office furniture rental.
The state’s average rental cost was $7,100.
The Texas Office Furniture and Software Association (TOGSA) is a trade association of furniture and office equipment manufacturers and sellers, and its report found a number of Texas office manufacturers and retailers have made strides in the past year.
For example, the TOGSA said that over the past two years, Texas-based companies such as Cottages, Home Depot, and Staples have all moved to install digital signage at their retail locations.
The new signage helps make it easier for shoppers to locate items in a store, according the TIGA report.
Texas-based Staples also moved to a more secure checkout system, which includes a PIN pad, for its online store.
Staples said the new system is more secure than the system it uses at the state-run retail locations that have the ability to take the personal information of customers.
The company said the PIN pad is one step toward making it easier to secure the checkout experience and the company is continuing to evaluate the new security features.
A spokeswoman for Staples said in a statement that the company “strongly believes that the digital signage is the right way to do it.”
In the meantime, the industry is taking note of the new measures.
In a statement, Cottagers Association of America (CAA) said the latest steps are a good start, but the industry must continue to work with the state to get the right systems in place and that the industry needs to work together to ensure the best experience for customers.
“This report is good news for Texas office supplies manufacturers and software companies, but there is a need to work hard to ensure that the state has the right system and infrastructure in place,” said the statement.
“The CAA is committed to working with Texas government to get our state back on track.
We will continue to monitor the state as it prepares to implement a new state law that will make it harder for small business owners and the consumer to obtain the quality, consistent and cost-effective products they need.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement saying that the report “provides an excellent snapshot of what’s happening in the industry, and reinforces what we already know about the risks and benefits of state-mandated digital signage, the potential costs of a lack of signage, and the benefits of digital signage for Texas businesses and consumers.”