“Please inform us if your company is currently involved in any asset recovery scheme.” An ‘asset recovery scheme’ could mean many things. We’ve asked, but since we are not an eligible bidder, we did not receive an answer.
“Our security policy does not permit us to receive documents via electronic mail, on CD/DVD or any other electronic storage carrier.” Very modern. The only option left is good old printing on paper. And no, this was not a tender issued by a paper company. Makes you wonder how they stay in business.
“We have changed the numbering of our tender documentation. Please make sure you refer to the correct page numbers in your response.” It does not matter if you have just finished your tender response or if you are in the middle of preparing it: this involves a lot of extra work. This is at least […] Read more
“We will be unable to provide toilet facilities during the moving in and installation.” Nice. What happened to common courtesy? The wording is close to disrespectful. ‘Unable to provide’ means too lazy to rent a couple of mobile toilets during the period of moving in and installation.
“Please explain why we would select you instead of our current vendor.” The most open question ever. The most lazy question ever. The most silly question ever. The most ‘whatever’ question ever.
“If your company were a football player, which position would your company play and why?” We have seen this type of question in numerous variations but none of them ever contributed to a better decision. The reason is there are 11 possible answers with countless variations of the answer to the why question. The answers […] Read more
“When would you prefer delivery?” This question was asked by the prospect in his bid document. Yes, you are reading this correctly.
“We are happy to announce that we have postponed the deadline for your tender response by two weeks.” Happy?! Happy??!! This message came two days before the original deadline, with no reason given for the postponement. So, here you are, having worked hard during the summer holidays to get your response finished on time. You […] Read more
“We do not expect the holidays to have any effect on the agreed delivery terms.” On the first view, nothing wrong with this statement, although somewhat superfluous maybe. However, we found this requirement in a tender document, i.e. before anything was agreed upon. Secondly, the issuer of this tender mixed the word term with time, […] Read more
“The colour of the fabric has to be identical to our corporate identity core green colour. The applicable colour codes you will find on page 87 of this tender document.” This was written on page 32. On page 47 we found the text: “We expect bidders to offer standard products only.” You probably have guessed […] Read more