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.
Harding: St Andrews Hospital: Department of Health: Hire of Residential Accommodation to Accommodate 14 X Community Service Officers for a period of 12 months 2019-04-25 11:00 ZNT 2846W
Kokstad: E.G. Usher Memorial Hospital: Department of Health: Hire of Residential Accommodation to Accommodate 21 X Community Service Officers for a period of 12 months 2019-04-25 11:00 ZNT 2848W
Provision of Security Services at Frontier regional Hospital site, in the Eastern Cape Department of Health for a period of 36 months. 2019-05-02 11:00 SCMU3- 18/ 19- 0527- FRH
Rendering of a Cleaning Contract at the Military Acadamy, Saldanha for the period of one (1) year as per User Requirement Specification MILACAD/01/18. 2019-04-24 11:00 SPSC- B- 069- 2018
Placement of a dedicated cardioplegia - delivery pump using microplegia method of administration and supply of sole - property associated consumables including a fully comprehensive maintenance contract for Groote Schuur Hospital for a three (3) year period (optional to extend for an additional two (2) years) 2019-04-23 11:00 GSH: PT48/ 2018
Supply and delivery of two (2) crawler tractors to the South African Police Service: Division: Human Resource Development. 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 107 TV(18)
Supply and delivery of twenty seven (27) cattle trailers to the South African Police Service: Division: Detective Services. 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 128 TV(18)
Supply and delivery of twenty (20) luggage trailers to the South African Police Service: Division: ORS. 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 129 TV(18)
Supply and delivery of hydraulic loading crane to the South African Police Service: Division Operational Response Services 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 130TV(18)
Appointment of a service provider for leasing, support and maintenance of 112 scanners and 6 book scanners for the Deeds Registries: Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, Mpumalanga, King Williams Town, Kimberley, Vryburg, Limpopo and Mthatha for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2019-04-12 11:00 DRDLR (CRD- 21) 2018/ 19
Maintenance and repair of SAPS helicopters and aircrafts for a period of two (02) years for the South African Police Service 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 114TA (18)
The supply and delivery of labels, ribbons and boxes used by Clinicom, Jac and primary healthcare systems for all Western Cape Health facilities for a three (3) year period. 2019-04-19 11:00 WCGHSC0195/ 2019
Appointment of a suitable service provider to conduct a skills audit for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for a period of three years from date of award 2019-04-11 11:00 ZNB 0005 E/ 2018/ 2019
Appointment of a panel of eight (8) service providers to render car hire and related services to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for a period of thirty-six (36) months. 2019-04-22 11:00 Stats SA 011/ 18
Appointment of a Service Provider’s for the Rendering of Vehicles Auctioneering Services to the South African Police Service Nationally (Per Province) for a period of two(02) years 2019-04-24 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 119 TP (18):
Supply and Delivery of Daily Newspapers for Navy Headquarters for a Period of One (01) Year. 2019-04-25 11:00 CPSC- B- PC- 058- 2018
Provision of NIMS-Support and Maintenance tender for the three RSR Regional Offices( Gauteng,Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape Province) 2019-04-23 12:00 RSR/ NIMS/ 001/ 03/ 2019
For the Provision of Long Term Advisor Services to the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) for the Office of the Accountant General (OAG) to Support in the Implementation of the Municipal Finance Improvement Programme (MFIP) Phase III - Provincial Treasury Revenue Management Specialists 2019-04-12 11:00 GTAC 028- 1- 2018
For the Provision Of Long Term Advisor Services to the Government Technical Advisory Centre (Gtac) for the Office of the Accountant General (OAG) to Support in the Implementation of the Municipal Finance Improvement Programme (MFIP) Phase III - Asset Management Specialists 2019-04-12 11:00 GTAC 026- 1- 2018
For The Provision of Long Term Advisor Services to The Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) for the Office of the Accountant General (OAG) to Support in the Implementation of the Municipal Finance Improvement Programme (Mfip) Phase III - Provincial Treasury Advisors 2019-04-12 11:00 GTAC 023- 1- 2018

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Extension of validity period

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Those of you who are familiar with responding to tenders will know that it is common practice for procuring entities to extend the bid price validity period. We received the undermentioned queries regarding the extension of the validity period of the bid price.

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