In this week’s Bids from Hell 207: Oops! We forget a deadline. “We apologise for not having included a deadline in our bid documentation.” This email came three weeks after the issuing of the bid documentation. What is worse, they communicated the deadline in that email. It was four days away. You could argue that […] Read more
In this week’s Bids from Hell 206: postponed at your risk. “Due to unforeseen circumstances we have been forced to postpone the decision about the vendor selection. As the period of postponement is unforeseen at this point in time, we might issue a new tender. All bids made are always at the vendor’s own cost […] Read more
In this week’s Bids from Hell 205: we’ll build it ourselves. “Please provide us with your best price for enough sheet material to construct 327 desks of 160cm wide x 80cm deep x 72cm deep with cheeks.” The sheet material was specified in quite a detailed way. The company that issued this tender also asked […] Read more
In this week’s Bids from Hell: “Type of RFP: Framework agreement for the delivery of a furniture catalogue for our locations. The awarding of the contract will not constitute any obligation to actually purchase furniture products.” So this is not a tender/bid/RFP for furniture, it is for a furniture catalogue. The real question is: what […] Read more
In this week’s Bids from Hell: “Please share your bid in the public folder via our Google Apps domain by using the link provided to you in a separate email.” This public folder was visible to everyone provided with access to it by the company who issued this RFP. As a result, all bids were […] Read more
In this week’s Bids from Hell: “Please provide us with an animated video in colour of the solution you are suggesting. Alternatives will be appreciated.” 3D animations have almost become a standard part of an RFP for interior furnishing. But for a project of 43 working positions? Needless to say, the bidders were not paid […] Read more
In this week’s Bids from Hell: “The deadline for the bid response is 13 August 2014.” A bit further in the documentation it said: “From 11 to 29 August our company will be closed and we will not be reachable for questions.” Why a deadline of 13 August if you’re not going to be there […] Read more
“Please provide us with your best bid for meeting stations and representative furniture for approximately 300 workstations divided over our four locations.” The furniture was further specified, but the quantities were not. So it’s anyone’s guess of how much meeting and representative furniture this organisation really needed.
“The bidder with the economically most advantageous offer will be awarded the contract, based on the below criteria: Price: 50% Mock up: 30% Business case: 10%” Not only does the total not amount to 100%, the mentioned ‘business case’ was not explained in the tender documentation either. Sloppy.
“This is a public tender for the delivery of standard desk chairs, or ergonomically adjusted, or modified otherwise.” You could comment on this in many different ways but one thing is certain: this is far from clear.