The cost of tendering via CD is considerably cheaper than sending out hard copies of tender documents, however expenses increase if revisions occur throughout the tender period.
We have based the below examples on the following figures for issuing tender CD's: For each CD and case - £0.40; Admin time - £4 (based on each tender package taking 30 minutes to produce); Postage for sending CD - £0.50.
Occasional tenderer sending 20 tenders per annum each tender issued to 30 contractors and suppliers. Annual CD based distribution cost = £3675
Based on our annual package for up to 20 tenders a saving of £1675 - over 45% can be achieved with annual subscription of only £2000.
Regular tenderer sending 100 tenders per annum each tender issued to 20 contractors and suppliers. Annual CD based distribution cost = £9800
Based on our annual package for up to 50 tenders a saving of £3800 - over 35% can be achieved with annual subscription of only £6000.
Time is another key issue in tender distribution. Tender periods are often tight, particularly within contruction tendering, so every day counts. With CD based tender distribution you need to allow at least 3 days per tender. A day to put the tender CD's together for each supplier, a day for the postal service to deliver your CD's to each supplier, and a day to receive your quotation back.
On a three week tender period, 15 working days, losing 3 days means losing 20% of the time available. In comparison, tender documents can be uploaded and distributed with an hour using Darley etender, giving you and your suppliers vital time to focus on your tender submission claiming back 95% of the lost time (1 hour v 3 days).
Managing changes at tender stage
Any changes to documents or revisions to drawings at tender stage would result in the need to re-issue CD's to all contractors and suppliers, along with notifying them of the change, doubling your costs and adding a couple of days to your lost time. With the etender system, all suppliers have access to same set of tender documents, so the process to manage this change would be to simply upload the revised document, and your suppliers would be notified automatically. No extra costs, no lost time.