“We expect our supplier to accept all liability for near misses, incidents, damages or injuries as a result of using the products delivered.” If you want to create work for lawyers at an early stage in the bidding process, this is the way to do it!
“In order to save paper, we only accept responses in pdf-format. Please send 12 copies to the email addresses listed below.” Cute.
“Please provide an overview of tenders you did not win in the last three years. Please specify the name of the organisation, the size of the project in number of workstations or in square meters and the reason for not being awarded the project.” We are not sure how this will help in arriving at […] Read more
“We reserve the right to withhold 10% of the payment of the total project amount for a period of 12 months in case of defects.” Not only is it worded quite badly, it is also not a fair deal. In the interior furnishing industry, common is that between 1 and 10% of the project amount […] Read more
“If the total amount of this project exceeds your total company turnover divided by ten, you may be disqualified.” Is this proportional? This company apparently hasn’t heard of Pareto’s principle.
“Please feel free to offer products from the other bidders as well.” The total specification of this public (!) tender was such that there was no other way than to offer products of competing companies. Is this an effective strategy? If the aim is to get the best pricing, the assumption is that you can […] Read more
“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!
‘All bidders are required to enter their pricing information in the spreadsheet provided. Please note that all information entered will be visible to all bidders. We will not award the contract based on price alone.’ One of this organisation’s core values is ‘transparency’, which got translated a bit awkwardly in this case. We studied the […] Read more
‘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