6 Reasons why tenders fail
By W van Rooyen
31 January 2019
There are many reasons why your tender response might fail. Here are 6 reasons why tender responses usually fail:
A tender response has to be competitive. It has to be competitive in pricing as wells as good value for money. It is not to say that if your price is the lowest, you will be awarded the tender. If your supply is under par it can cost you a tender.
- Administrative reasons
Administrative errors can cause your tender to be disqualified. You might forget to sign the tender or to initial every page. Perhaps your tender is late or you submit it into the wrong tender box. These errors are all causes for your tender being disqualified.
- Missing information
Ensure that you supply all the additional information that the tender asks for. It is always good to read the tender document thoroughly whilst making a list of all the additional documents that will be required. As soon as you are finished with your tender response tick every item on the list that you have made.
- Unclear proposal
Communication is everything. In order to stand a change of winning a tender you have to communicate your supply in such a way that it is clearly understood what you are offering. Ensure that your writing skills are up-to-date. Write in understandable English.
- Requirements not met
This point can be confused with point 3, but it is not the same. Together with additional information come specific and general requirements. These requirements will be picked up by the responder when examining the tender document. Ensure that you meet all the requirements and if there are any requirements that you are not sure how to respond to, ask. Once you have clarity regarding difficult requirements you can respond properly. Not responding to all requirements of a tender may lead to disqualification of your tender response.
- Be precise
When responding to a tender be precise, especially when it comes to describing your tender supply. If the supply is of foreign origin ensure to mention that in your proposal.
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This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.