From time-to-time we hear of RFP’s from hell…well, Qatar Airways’ “Invitation To Tender” takes agency search worst practice to a new level.
The contracts and procurement group of Qatar Airways has invited a host of agencies to submit a sealed tender proposal. The Invitation To Tender (ITT) correspondence includes:
1. The invitation to tender
2. Form of Acknowledgement
3. Commercial Tender Submission Documents
4. Service Fee and Schedule of Rates
5. Technical tender package submission documents
6. Tender instructions
7. General conditions for services contracts
8. Contract agreement
The ITT instructions indicate that the tenderer must submit six creative concepts with mock-ups and examples across print, radio, TV and online media–and a handful of strategic proposals and work plans. The Tender must include an original “on-demand, un-conditional and irrevocable” Tender Bond (issued by a bank licensed to operate in the State of Qatar) in the amount of QAR 100,000. A final heads up…the tender acknowledgment requires the tenderer to agree that the tender documents and all drawings, specifications and other data relating thereto are the property of Qatar Airways.
In case you were wondering, the ITT also specifies that no tendering expenses will be reimbursed by Qatar Airways. By the way, the instructions specifies that the Tender does not obligate Qatar Airways to select, procure or contract for any works or services whatsoever.
You can’t be serious?