The ‘Procurement object criteria’ section is used for defining the tenderer’s entry forms regarding procurement objects and the related criteria. The section is also used for defining criteria for tender comparison, i.e. scores/weights and the ways they are calculated (see Scoring the criteria). These will also be shown in the comparison table (see Viewing the comparison table).
A desired number of necessary criteria is defined for the procurement object or object group/sub-area.
The criteria can be:
Requirements imposed on the object
Factors affecting the award criterion
Matters to be communicated for information
As well as subheadings structuring the content
Before creating criteria, set up a group/sub-area and define the objects (see Creating procurement objects).
Criteria can be created for a specific procurement object, for all the objects in a group/sub-area at the same time, or generally for a group/sub-area.
The criterion is requested under the object concerned on the tenderer’s query form
Enter a name for the criterion in the ‘New object criterion’ field
Select the type (the types are described in the next section)
Criteria applicable to all objects in the group
The criterion will be requested for each object in the group/sub-area (NOTE! These criteria cannot be scored)
Enter a name for the criterion in the ‘New criterion applicable to all objects in the group’ field
Select the type (the types are described in the next section)
General criteria of the group
The criterion pertains to the entire object group generally and it will be requested on the tenderer’s form as the last item in the group/sub-area
Enter a name for the criterion in the ‘New general criterion’ field
- Select the type (the types are described in the next section)
FIGURE: The group ‘Tractors for training use’ includes one object, ‘Forwarder for training use’. Criteria can be set for it in the criteria section. If another object is added to the group, the ‘Criteria applicable to all objects in the group’ can be utilised. The sections where a new criterion is created is highlighted in blue.
The criterion type is used for defining what kind of information tenderers may enter in the section concerned when they are filling out the electronic tender form.
Mandatory requirements can be set for criteria, in which case the tenderer must enter information or answer in a certain way to meet the minimum requirements set in the call for tenders (with the exception of non-compliant bids).
Select the type of criterion
- The tenderer enters numerical information
- Select the field suffix or unit
- Minimum and/or maximum values can be defined if applicable
- Can be defined as mandatory by selecting ‘Entry is required’
- The number of decimal places in the value entered by the tenderer can be restricted
FIGURE: Setting a numeric criterion. In the example, the first criterion is a blank numeric criterion, and below it is an example criterion where the wheel size of the forwarder is requested to be entered. The wheel size must be 26.5” at minimum.
For your information
Text for information for the tenderer, no answer required
The tenderer uploads a file
Can be defined as mandatory by selecting ‘Uploading is required’
The tenderer enters free-form text
Can be defined as mandatory by selecting ‘Entry is required’
A maximum length can be defined for the answer (X characters)
The tenderer's allowed answer can be defined as being:
or single or multiple-line
FIGURE: Setting a text criterion. In the example, the first criterion is a blank text-type criterion, and below it is an example criterion where the wheel width of the forwarder is requested to be entered. The length of the answer is limited to 20 characters, and the question is mandatory.
A drop-down menu from which the supplier may choose the desired option
Restrictions can be defined for the options selectable by the tenderer:
Selection not restricted
The tenderer may choose any number of options or leave the question unanswered
Choose not more than one
The tenderer may choose one option or leave the question unanswered
Choose at least one
The tenderer must choose one or several options (the question is mandatory in this case)
The tenderer must choose one option (the question is mandatory in this case)
To add a menu option, enter the selection in the ‘New selection row’ field
FIGURE: Setting a menu criterion. In the example, a forwarder is queried about the lubrication options. There are three options, of which one must be chosen.
The tenderer answers ‘Yes’ or ‘No’
The question can be mandatory or optional
Yes or No answer can be defined as mandatory
Conditional criteria can be defined for a criterion
The ‘Includes criteria for which "Yes" is required’ option can be used for defining a new question that will be shown to the tenderers if they answer ‘Yes’ to the original question
The ‘Includes criteria for which "No" is required’ option can be used for defining a new question that will be shown to the tenderers if they answer ‘No’ to the original question
FIGURE: Setting a Yes/No criterion. In the example, the first criterion is a blank criterion of the yes/no type, and below it is an example criterion where the forwarder is required to have an output and working hours monitoring system in place (‘yes’ is required). When the tenderer answers yes, the question ‘Upload system brochure’ is shown to the tenderer, in response to which the tenderer is required to upload an attachment.
Prepare a desired set of questions the tenderer will be required to respond to x times (e.g. references)
Create the questions/criteria one below the other under ‘Record criteria’
You can define the minimum and/or maximum number of times the tenderer is required to answer to the set of questions
The question will be voluntary if you do not define values for these
The tenderer may add a new set of questions in the Supplier Portal under ‘Add row >>’
FIGURE: Setting a record criterion. In the example, the first criterion is a blank record-type criterion, and below it is an example criterion where the servicing history data of the forwarder is requested to be entered. The tenderers must answer at least once, but they may not give more than three answers. For each answer, the tenderer is required to enter the servicing year and the servicing carried out.
Subheadings for structuring and clarifying the requirements
NOTE! To preview the procurement object criteria from the tenderer’s point of view, click the eye icon in the top corner.
Sorting and removing criteria
You can change the order of the criteria by dragging and dropping a criterion to the correct place
NOTE: The order of the criteria can only be changed by dragging and dropping
Click the red cross to remove a single criterion
In the ‘Functions’ menu, you can:
Close a criterion to minimise it as a single row
Move or copy a criterion to general criteria pertaining to all objects or under a specific criterion (click here for general instructions for moving and copying objects and criteria)
Add additional information for a criterion
This will be shown under the question mark for the criterion concerned in the Supplier Portal
FIGURE: The ‘Functions’ button opens additional options for editing criteria.
Remove criteria en masse
Select a criterion by checking the box at the end of the criterion
From the top of the group, select ‘Delete the selected objects and criteria of the group’
When a call for tenders is prepared, shared criteria can also be set for the procurement objects. These criteria concern the procurement in general and do not pertain to specific products or services.
General criteria are defined according to the same principle as when defining criteria that directly pertain to the procurement objects.