“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 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
“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!
“The furniture should be sourced within a 500 mile radius from the delivery location.” We understand what this organisation is trying to achieve. But what a clumsy way of formulating this requirement. Firstly, the delivery was to be executed to multiple locations. How should you go about calculating the radius? If you would do it […] Read more
“The final result of the e-auction is very close. We therefore will ask the numbers one and two to prepare a mock-up to help us in our final decision.” Mind you, the e-auction was set up in such a way, that an incremental bid could deviate from the previous bid – or from the best […] Read more
“Information provided by the purchasing organisation is for general guidance. Tenderers must satisfy themselves of the accuracy of this information but they must not contact any member of the purchasers staff.” Brilliant. This company is asking the bidders to determine what they require and to do this without contacting them. With our thanks to John […] Read more
“Please include at least five reference projects with companies in the same business sector and with a project of similar size in the last three years”. This would probably be a disproportional requirement in any industry, considering the fact that this was a tender for a project of serious size.