Finnish producer of professional furniture, Martela, published its results for Q1 2014. Consolidated revenue for January-March was EUR 34.1 million, a growth by 7% compared with same quarter of last year (Q1 2013: EUR 31.9 million). The operating result for the first quarter was EUR -1.4 million (Q1 2013: EUR -1.4 million). Martela’s fixed costs […] Read more
“The images provided (pages 76-154) are meant as a general guideline only and are not to indicate any preference for a specific product.” Yes you are reading this correctly. There were 79 pages with images attached to this tender. Each page held an average of 12 images. That’s 948 images. Only for the task chair […] Read more
“The bidder is required to take back our old furniture at zero cost, regardless of brand, nature, configuration, age or condition.” Mind you, this was a 1,000+ employee furnishing project. So either no bidder entered this competition or the price of the new furniture ended up being quite high.
“Bidders are requested to use their own software for their tender response.” We hope this organisation prepared well for all the different formats in which it will receive the tender responses.
“All products offered should provide functional solutions, unless otherwise specified.” No comment. Except 😀
“All members of the installation crew should be provided with a training on the use of PPE on a daily basis throughout the entire installation period.” Safety is an important issue during any installation. PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – is an important aspect of safety. But to speak to the crew members every day […] Read more
“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
“You are free to format your replies in any way you want, within the following limits: font Verdana, font size 9pt, line spacing 12pt, page margins 2.5cm left/right and top/bottom. Answers to our questions need to be uploaded in pdf format in our system, creating one file. All names (of products, organisation, tender subject etc.) […] 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.