Issue Date: 
Thursday, August 16, 2018

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.

2.    Barriers to communication between supplier and customers

When making significant purchases, frank and open communication between potential supplier and customer is crucial.
Competitive bidding is not conducive to open communication; in fact, it often discourages deep dialogue because in many cases all discussions between a bidder and the purchaser must be made available to all other bidders. Hence, Bidder A may avoid asking certain questions because the questions or answers may help other bidders by revealing Bidder A's approaches, features, and the like.

3.    The cost-plus phenomenon

There is a bear-trap in the purchase of goods and services on the basis of price tag that people don't talk about. To run the game of cost plus in industry a supplier offers a bid so low that he is almost sure to get the business. He gets it. The customer discovers that a change is vital. The supplier is extremely obliging, but discovers that these changes will double the cost of the supply. The supplier runs the risk of making a loss on the contract.

4.    Use of cheaper, poor quality materials and/or labour

A supplier forced to play the competitive bidding game may come under pressure to keep costs down to ensure he gets a satisfactory profit margin. One way a supplier can lower costs is by using cheaper labour and/or materials. If the cheaper labour and materials are poor quality, the customer will often end up with inferior, poor quality goods or services.

5.    Safety shortcuts

Another area where suppliers may be tempted to lower costs is safety standards. Safety costs can ran away with a contract. Cutting down on safety costs is a sure way to keep the bidding price low.

6.    Competitive bidding can be extremely slow

When Organs of State, and indeed, private companies use competitive bidding it can take sometimes years to award the bid. The result is the customer can wait incredibly long periods for goods or services that may be required quickly.

7.    Insufficient profit margin to allow for investment in research and development, new technology or equipment

Competitive bidding can force a supplier to accept a very slim profit margin. These low margins can result in a supplier having little or no money to spend on research and development, new technology and equipment.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
The provision of clinker removal and rope access at Camden Power Station for a period of 36 months 2019-07-29 10:00 MPGXC005631
Panel: Client Decor Services 2019-07-08 12:00 CTICC 038/2019 PANEL: CLIENT DÉCOR
Provision of collecting, stripping and assessment of medium voltage motors including on site white meta bearing repairs of selected Medium Voltage Motors at Arnot Power Station 2019-07-25 10:00 MPGXC 005619
Germiston Station Minor Building Works Upgrade 2019-07-08 11:00 RFQ 02-1911150/06/2019
The province of KwaZulu-Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders of Vukuzakhe Contractors for the Betterment and Regravelling of L2602 Contract 1 in the Ulundi Municipality within the Zululand District. 2019-08-13 11:00 ZNT373/ C266/ 2111/ S/ 1/ 2018T
Renovational Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Pietersburg Hospital Lab, Polokwane 2019-07-18 11:00 RFB021- 19- 20
Renovation Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Bongani Provincial Hospital, Welkom 2019-07-17 11:00 RFB0018- 19- 20
General maintenance including roof replacement; 25 Voortrekker Road; Murraysburg. 2019-07-24 11:00 G003/ 19
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Zamangothando Secondary School, Khawuleza PS, Sishongani PS and Induduzo PS, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 02480 W
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Maphovela High School, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 03956 W
Phase 14 Storm Damage: Repairs and Renovations to Storm Damaged Schools Throughout The Province of KwaZulu Natal 2019-07-22 11:00 VARIOUS
The Construction of the Apli Cold Storage Facility, Depot and Packhouse 2019-07-15 12:00 CDC/ 327/ 19
NDPW:Rehabilitation and Construction of the New Office block at 85 Anderson Street,Johannesburg (Heritage) 2019-08-06 11:00 JHB.19/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a marketing services agency to provide integrated marketing services aligned to the TKZN’S 2014-2020 strategy and annual performance plan for the period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 03/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to provide Public Relations and Communications support to the organization for the period of twelve months. 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 01/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to supply, install, develop, configure and maintain the SAP Business one application system including Microsoft SQL server database 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 04/ 2019
CapeNature seeks the expertise of a suitable service provider for the supply, delivery and installation of Atmospheric Water Generators with a solar solution at the Anysberg Nature Reserve, CIDB and Local content conditions apply 2019-07-26 11:00 WCNCB 01/ 06/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider to manage Media Relations and Communication services on behalf of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (‘the B-BBEE Commission’) for a period of 2 years. 2019-07-12 11:00 dti 06/ 19- 20
Appointment of a service provider to supply, install, configure and maintain a Telephone Management and Switchboard System for the Office of the Valuer-General on a lease basis for a period of 36 Months 2019-07-12 11:00 OVG (03) 2019/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a Social Media Management Agency to provide social media services for a period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 02/ 2019

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Article by Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

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