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.
Appointment of a service provider to render auctioneer services for STLM movable assets for 36 months. 2018-09-18 12:00 BS17/07/2018
Upgrading and Rehabilitation of Winburg Water Treatment Plant: Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineering Works. 2018-09-18 12:00 2018/08/009
Supply, delivery & installation of chlorine dioxide generator system & supply of precursor chemicals for Vaalkop WTW for a period of five (5) years. 2018-09-18 12:00 RFB/MW/148/2018-19
Appointment of a panel of debt collectors for PSiRA for a period of 3 years. 2018-09-19 11:00 RFB/2018/PSiRA/06
Review of Annual Financial Statements and Annual Performance Report 2018-08-23 15:00 SCM/RFQ/2019/007/MM
Tender for S24G and expansion of existing cemetery in Oudtshoorn and identification of new cemetery in De Rust. 2018-09-21 11:00 TD-02/07/2018
Supply, delivery and off-loading of toilet paper and hand towel rolls for a contract period ending 30 June 2021. 2018-09-21 12:00 BSM 12/19
Mossel Bay: Upgrading of Stormwater: phase 3 in Mossel-, Kiewiet-, Cupido-, Sinkfontein-, Eiland- and Bakke Streets. 2018-09-21 12:00 TENDER 2-18/19
Panel of legal practitioners to serve for Magalies Water for a period of three (3) years. 2018-09-21 12:00 RFB/MW/145/2017-18
Refurbishment Kuruman STW and Sewerage pump Station. 2018-09-25 12:00 Bid No: 07/2018-19
Supply and Delivery of Pig Iron. 2018-10-02 10:00 TE18-BFX-050-03998
Design, Manufacture, Supply, Delivery, Install, Commission and Testing of Passenger Lift. 2018-09-26 10:00 ELS 23/2018
For the supply and delivery of sixteen (16) physiologic monitoring systems for the acute care surgery (CIDEAST/FI) at Tygerberg Hospital. 2018-09-14 11:00 TBH 213/ 2018
Lease of Euvrard Park, Montagu as a Village Market” 2018-09-14 12:00 21/2018
Lease of available space to be utilized as a Kiosk at the Langeberg Thusong Centre, Paddy Street, Robertson 2018-09-14 12:00 50/2018
Refresh RFB1489-2016 for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) for the design, supply, installation and maintenance of network equipment for SITA. 2018-09-07 11:00 RFB 1489- 1/ 2018
Lease of Keurkloof (4.2ha) Dassieshoek, Robertson 2018-09-14 12:00 47/2018
The Procurement of a Level Two Field Hospital as per African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Standards for the South African Military Health Services. (Procurement Plan Number: DOD PROC PLAN 17-18/ SAMHS/883). 2018-09-17 11:00 CPSC- B- M- 086- 2017RR
Refresh of RFB1482-2016 for the ACCREDITATION for the design, supply, installation and maintenance of network equipment for SITA. 2018-09-07 11:00 RFB 1482- 1/ 2018
Lease of Keurkloof (1.6ha) Dassieshoek, Robertson 2018-09-14 12:00 46/2018

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7 Disadvantages of Competitive Bidding

The bidding process can be very tedious sometimes. Here are some of the disadvantages of the bidding process.

1.    Leading suppliers may not tender

In Australia, for example, government procurement guidelines only allow suppliers who actually tender to be considered for a procurement decision. If the leading supplier or suppliers do not tender, the purchaser can only consider bids from suppliers who do tender. If leading suppliers are not considered, the purchaser may end up buying inferior product or service... Read More

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