“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?
“We expect 15% lower prices.” No further specification was given and it was not clear when this company had purchased similar products the last time. They also forgot to add the text ‘at least’. The main question remains: 15% lower than what?
Ever purchased furniture for your organisation in larger quantities? Than you know how much time and energy this process can take. Customers of SourceYourInterior.com say: ‘This process normally costs us weeks. Now we did it in an afternoon’. Watch the video below and you’ll see how this is possible. The subtitles provide additional explanation to […] Read more
“Sales calls will not be appreciated.” We do understand salespeople can be annoying. But there is no buying without selling, now is there? It would have been better if this company would have issued a clear and concise set of rules about how they would like to communicate with the bidders. In the end, they […] Read more
“Our supplier should have all relevant green certification in the countries in which we are active.” This requirement, or better, the formulation of this requirement, leaves much to be desired. What does it mean exactly ‘should have’? Does it mean that you will be excluded if you don’t, or is it just an additional advantage […] Read more
“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.