“All products offered should provide functional solutions, unless otherwise specified.” No comment. Except 😀
“The bidder is not obliged to anything.” This one made us laugh. What they probably meant to say is that the bidder cannot claim any rights on the basis of the tender or his tender response. In the way it is worded, it could be interpreted as meaning exactly the opposite. Or any other meaning, […] Read more
“Design is not a key purchase criterion.” Don’t try this at home when you buy furniture!
“Changes are not acceptable.” This must be an organisation with limited or no experience with change. Change is the nature of things so to think you can exclude it beforehand, is asking for problems.
“The furniture should be sourced within a 500 mile radius from the delivery location.” We understand what this organisation is trying to achieve. But what a clumsy way of formulating this requirement. Firstly, the delivery was to be executed to multiple locations. How should you go about calculating the radius? If you would do it […] Read more
“The final result of the e-auction is very close. We therefore will ask the numbers one and two to prepare a mock-up to help us in our final decision.” Mind you, the e-auction was set up in such a way, that an incremental bid could deviate from the previous bid – or from the best […] Read more
“Information provided by the purchasing organisation is for general guidance. Tenderers must satisfy themselves of the accuracy of this information but they must not contact any member of the purchasers staff.” Brilliant. This company is asking the bidders to determine what they require and to do this without contacting them. With our thanks to John […] Read more
“Please include at least five reference projects with companies in the same business sector and with a project of similar size in the last three years”. This would probably be a disproportional requirement in any industry, considering the fact that this was a tender for a project of serious size.
“You are obliged to use our licensed software for entering your bid response. Our software can be downloaded via link.” When you followed the link you would find out that the software license – only to be used once, for this particular project – was USD 1,995. Now there’s a way to make money by […] Read more
“Your product should be unique.” So how will they compare the different tender responses?