Issue Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

3 unforgivable mistakes when responding to a Bid

We had the privilege to be part of an Evaluation committee for a Government Entity that put out an Invitation to Bid. The Bid was for a fairly technical service and therefor the response to the bid was poor. In fact there were only ten responses to the Invitation to Bid.

Upon opening and evaluating these bid responses the importance of a proper understanding of tender or bid responses was obvious. The basic mistakes that were made are unforgivable. These were amateur mistakes made by so-called experts in the tender environment, and making them could lead to the immediate disqualification of your bid response.

During the evaluation of the abovementioned bid responses these three unforgivable mistakes were made :

  • No bid price - if you do not provide a price for the product or service that you are going to supply then you will be disqualified. Government uses the Preferential Point System to determine a winning bid and the two pillars of the Preference Point System is Price and B-BBEE - not providing a price is detrimental to your bid response.
  • Bid price is too high or too low - it might sound absurd that having the highest or the lowest bid price can disqualify you but if the average price of all the responses are R24,000,000-00 and your price is R2,500,000-00 or R70,000-00 then there is obviously something wrong. When responding to a tender familiarise yourself with exactly what the Purchaser wants to procure and at what cost.
  • Correct Compulsory Documents - when responding to a bid ensure that you have attached all the Compulsory documents that the Government Entity has requested. There are reasons why they want to see your B-BBEE certificate or the Annual Financial Statements. Ignoring the request for Compulsory documents can lead to your bid response being disqualified.

The effect of these three mistakes made by the responders to the bid evaluated was that five of the ten bids were disqualified. The responders of this bid had a one out of ten chance to be successful but instead they got instantly disqualified.

The one common element we see when evaluating bid responses is that people who complete the bid responses are careless by not reading the bid document carefully to ensure that nothing is omitted.

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Supply: 10/0 nylon 3/8 circle needle 6.4200 micron black monofilament non absorbable double arm premium spatula 30cm 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2377/ 08/ 17
Arceole sf 6 hexafluorvre desoufre 30mls set for infusion & ophthalmic gas ref. SF6 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2375/ 08/ 17
Chin tuck against resistance (CTAR) ball - inflatable rubber ball, 12cm diameter 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2344/ 08/ 17
Suture 8/0 vicryl violet braided suture 3/8 circle spatula double needle 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2374/ 08/ 17
Irrigation / aspiration cannulae(simcoe) 60mm /60mm (23ga) 0.3mm aspiration port 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2376/ 08/ 17
Cystofix supra pubic catheter size 5fr 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2372/ 08/ 17
A Nipple protector / shield made from odourless ultra fine silicone 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2343/ 08/ 17
Syringe irrigation urethral 4oz bulb syringe sterile 60ml. 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1993/ 07/ 17
Fetoscopes plastic (as per spec) 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1961/ 07/ 17
Clear adhesive dressing sterile 55cm x 45cm. 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1717/ 07/ 17
Baby bottle 0-3 months 160ml peristaltic nipple to encourange natural tongue movement and imitate natural sucking, wide based nipple to help baby open mouth widely , nipple must be be from ultra- soft silicone with double thickness- allows softness and elasticity matt surface nipple reduces stickiness and stops baby’s mouth slipping, nipple hole must be small, bottle must be BPA free and made of polypropylene 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2107/ 07/ 17
Nicu premature pacifier (34-3 months) no flavour, it must provide a superb fit for new babies and babies over 34weeks gestation during their hospital stay, it must be designed to accommodate cpap tubing, mechanical ventilation or tube feeding the pacifier must not manufactured with BPA, DEHP or natural rubber latex , it must be able to be sterilized BPA free made of medical grade silicone and made as one piece construction 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2108/ 07/ 17
sterilisation wrap 137cm x 137cm dual colour sterilization wrap, disposable non- woven polypropylene, altex free does not contain deph, two sheets C6 34. 78g/m2 thermally sealed on two opposite edges melting point of 150degree antistatic properties. Microbial barrier 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2170/ 08/ 17
PTA dilatation balloon 8mm x 4cm, & 10mmx4cm 80-140cm delivery length 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2151/ 08/ 17
Supply: Nicu premature pacifier(30-34 weeks) no flavour, it must provide a superb fit for growing preemies 30-34weeks gestation or smaller term babies during their hospital stay, it must be designed to accommodate cpap tubing, mechanical ventilation or tube feeding the pacifier must not manufactured with BPA, DEHP or natural rubber latex , it must be able to be sterilized BPA free made of medical grade silicone and made as one piece construction 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2109/ 07/ 17
Supply: Pulmocath mucus extractor with funnel shaped adaptor at the proximal round of the end of the suction tube for simple and secure connection 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2101/ 08/ 17
Supply: XL 1000 chest drainage kit not under water, no suction control 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2008/ 07/ 17
Endo tracheal tube size 3cm soft and pliable blue ivory non cuffed latex free 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2100/ 08/ 17
Norco rainbow- therapeutic putty, medium ref 454g 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2027/ 07/ 17
Mobiderm pad, cubes 15mmx15mm for mobilization of subcutaneous tissue 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2028/ 07/ 17

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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