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 short back with height adjustable arms office chairs with soft PU top - 5 star black nylon base - seat upholstered in standard black fabric- knee tilt mechanism, Black mesh back with lumbar support, seat upholstered in standard black fabric 2018-08-24 11:00 GQ08181885
Supply and deliver 1250x640mm galvanised double frame (catchpit frames) 2018-08-24 11:00 GQ08181890
Supply of Drinking water in various Eskom sites in ECOU. 2018-09-18 10:00 EMM 5741
Supply, delivery and installation of high performance joint sealing system to the preload reservoir. 2018-08-24 11:00 287476
Supply and deliver 1250x640mm galvanised double hinged gate and frame 2018-08-24 11:00 GQ08181890
Home work home transport for Eskom Kendal Employees on as and when required basis. 2018-09-19 10:00 WE11900937
Supply and Deliver Elbow Green Gloves 2018-08-22 11:00 GQ08181889
Supply and Deliver Size: M16 eyenuts 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181882
Supply and delivery of 1800kg forklift; 2000kg forklift and 2500kg forklift. 2018-08-29 12:00 WE11900937
Supply and Deliver Size: 1m x 36 way 100A rating Copper Busbars 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181882
Supply and Deliver Size: 25mm x 6.3mm x 275mm Copper Earth Bars 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181882
Supply and deliver an AO Designjet Multifunction Plotter/Printer 2018-08-24 11:00 GQ08181875
Supply toe construction type: carbon steel toe cap female boots 2018-08-28 10:00 GA11900153
Supply and deliver Pistols complete with Holster and accessories 2018-08-27 11:00 GQ08181887
Service providers are invited to tender for the provision of Courier Services of Food Sample Parcels to the Forensic Laboratory Services in Cape Town 2018-08-24 11:00 CSQ08181389
Tenders are invited for Healthy Living Interventions for NMBM Employees 2018-08-24 11:00 CSQ08181388
For the supply, delivery, offloading and installation of a double wide boardroom, kitchenette unit and extras at Ficksburg Wilhelmina farm, GPS coorddinates: 28.820278 S Latitude, 27.8002777 E Longitude as specified in the scope. 2018-09-20 11:00 ERIC7944
Tenders are invited for The Removal of Redundant Playground Equipment on Various Public Open Spaces and Transporting them back to Hillside Depot as per spec 2018-08-28 11:00 CSQ08181395
Supply and delivery of EPWP protective clothing 2018/19 2018-08-24 12:00 No reference number
Demand Response Aggregation System. 2018-09-27 10:00 PSCED0158

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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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