“Please provide a mobile version of your tender response.” Funny wording but they probably mean a document which can easily be read on a smart phone or tablet. If you are a bit daring you print out the 200+ pages and wheel it in!
‘Please provide a detailed overview of your sponsorships of art, culture and sports.’ An interesting question and we wonder how this could contribute to selecting the best supplier. Any ideas?
“Please send your tender response to the email address mentioned in the contact details section. Files larger than 4 Mb will be refused automatically by our email server.” That is roughly the size of one image. But it is already a step forward; mostly, tender responses are still expected to be delivered on paper only. […] Read more
“Bidders are expected to deliver a mock-up according to the specifications on page 67. Bidders will be reimbursed a maximum of USD 6,500 for their mock-up, or the equivalent in EUR, JPY or CNY.” Now here’s an organisation that takes responsibility for its own furniture tender (yes indeed, not many of them do, often not […] Read more
“As part of our anti-corruption policy, we do not accept any invitations to visit trade fairs, except when these sponsored visits will contribute measurably to improving our future working environment.” Unfortunately, we could not get hold of a copy of this organisation’s anti-corruption policy.
“We do not accept prices higher than of the product we currently own.” Can you imagine how complicated this company has made their tender? Imagine having to compare, evaluate, assess and assign a value to the furniture this company has bought over the years. Depreciation, net present value, currency fluctuations, raw material price changes – […] Read more
“Communication will be allowed until 27 March. After that we will no longer communicate.” This one made us smile.
“We expect our supplier to remove our old furniture at no costs.” This is becoming quite a common request in furniture tenders. Mostly, organisations add some conditions, mostly to take their responsibility in what happens with their old furniture AFTER it has been removed from their site. Not in this case. It goes without saying […] Read more
“The furniture should be compatible with our building grid. Please take our current furniture as your design guideline.” And we are not kidding: this was the entire design brief. Except for the quantities of stuff they wanted. Which were not that different from what they already had, and it was not too old either. And […] Read more
“In case you enter the competition with a foreign legal entity we require extracts of the birth register of all the executives, legalised, superlegalised and translated in our language by a certified translator before our courts, which is then certified by means of an apostille. We also require a declaration of good conduct of these […] Read more