In this week’s Bids from Hell 213: did you really win the bid?
“Bid segment 2 will be awarded to three bidders. The one who has entered the best bid will be awarded the orders below the value of EUR 25,000. For each order above this value, the three selected vendors will have to enter into a ‘mini-bid’ to secure the order.”
These are the most annoying bids. It is a chain of bids. Needless to say, the costs for all this bidding are considered an investment by the competing vendors.
This is fairly typical for organisations who apparently lack the confidence to settle on one vendor and establish a partnership that would benefit all.