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.

5 basic mistakes made by bidders

Article by W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

1 December 2014

Business owners and/or their employees make many mistakes when they respond to tenders or request for proposals. These mistakes can have a major impact on the result of your bid. Here are five common mistakes that responders to tenders make on a regular basis:

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and Deliver SS Bracket as per Drawing attached, 3 Core 1mm instrumentation Screen Cable and E+H FDU 92 2018-03-02 12:00 GD11800780
Supply and deliver Cuvettes for Diaspect HB meter 2018-03-09 11:00 H392/ 17/ 18
Supply and deliver Screening OAE with DPOAE 2018-03-09 11:00 H346/ 17/ 18
Supply Comb binder & laminator a4&a3 machine 2018-02-26 11:00 GM11800633
Supply and delivery of firearm spare parts for Heckler and Koch Submachine Guns: to the South African Police Service nationally for a period of two (02) years 2018-03-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 46TT (17)
Gauze Swabs Sterile 100x100x8ply -100 Pieces Per Pkt ,40 Pkts Per Case X 100 Cases 2018-03-05 11:00 ZNQ 573/ 17/ 18
Supply, Delivery, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Imaging Radiology Equipment at Various Gauteng Health Institutions for period three (3) years 2018-03-16 11:00 GT/ GDH/ 049/ 2018
Supply: 3 x gbc fusion 3000l laminator a3 2018-02-26 11:00 GM11800634
Supply and delivery of duffel bag to the saps for a period of two (2) years 2018-03-16 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 63TD (17)
Routine (preventative) and breakdown maintenance of eleven (11) Fuji Frontier Digital Minilab printers for a period of three (3) years 2018-03-27 11:00 Bid no. 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 98 TR (17/ 18)
Annual Servicing of Pharmaceutical Fridge At KwaDabeka Community Health Centre. 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 649/ 17
Supply Only Red Central Storage Areal Container As Per Specification At Halley Stott Clinic 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 647/ 17
Supply Only Red Central Storage Areal Container As Per Specification At KwaDabeka Community Health Centre Clinic 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 648/ 17
Supply Only Red Central Storage Areal Container as per specification at Clermont Clinic 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 646/ 17
Procurement of Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) instrument. 2018-03-09 11:00 NMISA (17- 18) T0061
Supply Suture Vicryl V486g 90cm 40mm Reverse Cutting as per specification 2018-03-12 11:00 ZNQ 1139/ 17- 18
Travel Management Bid For 2018-2020 2018-03-16 14:00 CBRTA/ HO/ 0040
Re-Advert - Appointment of a service provider for the rollout and management of biometric learner attendance monitoring system 2018-03-02 11:00 013- 2017/ 2018
Procurement of supercritical fluid extraction - chromatography system with UV detector and fraction collector 2018-03-09 11:00 NMISA (17- 18) T0058
Supply suture 1g 75cm/3/8c 60mm cutting needle as per specification 2018-03-12 11:00 ZNQ 1138/ 17- 18

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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