Blog Pick of the Week: How did it get so late so soon?
How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
~ Dr. Seuss
Many of us have read all types of Dr. Seuss books - both as children and as parents. Older adults often say that the years seem to go by faster as they are getting older. Seems like Dr. Seuss captured that concept perfectly in the quote above.
A few weeks ago, the blog pick of the week was "On Time or Fashionably Late and quite a discussion ensued. I thought it would be helpful to summarize some of the entries.
There was a lot of discussion on determining the fairness of the process and why the bid was late. If it seemed reasonable such as a health issue or technical glitches, there seemed to be a tolerance to accept the late bid. Excuses such as "I forgot the deadline" or "The decision maker was on vacation" were not considered acceptable.
A bidder offered their perspective. They admitted the difficulty balancing working existing business and putting in bids for future business. Often the current jobs get the attention and deadlines are missed. It can be very difficult to juggle all the balls and keep them from dropping. If they are late, they submit the bid anyway, hoping it will be accepted. Most of the time it is not but they wanted to try.
Public procurement absolutely can not take late bids no matter what has occurred. In the private sector, the procurement process has to be fair and ethical. Otherwise, it will backfire over time.
The comment that really made me smile was "Try bringing your girlfriend flowers 1 day after her birthday". Yikes!
So, if you have given pre-notification to bidders, clear communication of the process and adequate time for responses, what other comments would you add? As Dr. Seuss says, "How did it get so late so soon?"