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 & delivery of single step brass reducer (reducing sets) 2018-08-23 10:00 DIC0025709
Supply: Lubricants 2018-08-27 16:00 GC11900093
Supply 20 kilogram x nutrient mix 459q 2018-08-22 16:00 GC11900095
Supply: Medical oxygen 2018-08-27 15:00 GF11900114
Supply & delivery of pine rough shutterply pine and chipboard 2018-08-23 10:00 DIC0025681
Request for Proposals: Revenue enhancement strategies 2018/2019 2018-08-29 11:00 ELM 15/2018
Request for proposal for liquid oxygen storage & supply of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) chemical for Magalies Water Klipdrift WTW for a period of five (5) years. 2018-09-17 12:00 RFP/MW/147/2018-19
Provision of Sootblowers, Flue Gas Cleaning & Smoke Stack Maintenance Services. 2018-09-17 14:00 MED00132Gx
Supply and Delivery of Archives Filing System and Binding Tapes 2018-08-24 11:00 11105782
Renovation of DC Office Building at Epping Fire Station (Training Centre). 2018-08-24 14:00 SL1190025A
Supply and deliver 2terbyte pocket HD - WD or approved equal 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver professional video camcorder tripod with fluid drag head - BLACK. 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver 500mm /1000mm F/8 telephone lens -Eos T 51i or approved equal 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver Canon EOS 6D Mark 11 DSLR with 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver interactive whiteboard and stand 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver battery powered portable 12" PA system -JBL or approved equal. 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply and deliver cordless microphone PGX 24 E - Shure Sm 58 or approved equal 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181888
Supply padded jackets 2018-08-30 10:00 GA11900161
Supply Medical supplies 2018-08-27 15:00 GF11900112
Supply and delivery of SO3 catalyst and ceramic balls spares on an “as and when” required basis for a period of 5 years to Kriel Power Station. 2018-09-18 10:00 MPGXC005283

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10 steps in the bid process

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services. Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

1.    Register your interest

Follow the instructions in the bid document to register your interest with the purchasing agency. This important step will help keep you up to... Read More

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