Reds Remain Cautious With Chapmans Transition - RealGM
The Reds are moving Aroldis Chapman from the role of closer to the starting
rotation for the 2013 season.
Cincinnati will move very carefully as Chapman's job changes.
"I think regardless of where people stand on the
question http://www.thenflpanthersshoponline.com/Youth-Luke-Kuechly-P anthers-Jersey/ ,
I think the days of hiking a pitcher's innings number by 50 or 60 or 80 innings
in today's standards would be considered irresponsible," Reds pitching coach
Bryan Price said. "We're going to be very conscientious of that.
"However, we haven't set any exact numbers or even gotten to the point of
naming our starting rotation. If we were to move forward with Chappy in the
rotation, there will have to be some creativity involved in how we do it. That
will be a challenge, but a challenge we're up to."
Why do contractors always seem to charge more than their estimate?
Well, the clue here is in the last word of the above headline ¨C `estimate\!
Dictionary definition: approximation,
estimation http://www.thenflpanthersshoponline.com/Youth-Kyle-Love-Pant hers-Jersey/ ,
guess, guesstimate, ballpark figure. In other words, no better than an educated
guess. (And not even that sometimes!)
So what can the average office fit out or office refurbishment manager do to
protect themselves ¨C andor their company ¨C from falling into this potentially
disastrous (and costly) scenario?
Prepare a well written `Scope of Works\
The absolute first thing to do is to compile a detailed and accurate `Scope
of Works\ or `Schedule of Works\ for the work required. It doesn\t have to be
too technical at this stage but it should contain detailed descriptions of each
element of the work that needs doing so that each contractor on your tender list
has exactly the same information on which to submit a fixed price.
Here are a couple of examples:
Item 1: Existing office partitions
Carefully dismantle existing aluminium framed solid full height
demountable-type partitioning to General Offices & clear from site
(including 1 no. door & frame)
Item 2: Existing office furniture.
Carefully dismantle as necessary all existing office furniture to General
Office & clear from site.
Item 3: Making good
Make good to existing floor, wall & ceiling surfaces and finishes
following dismantling works to best results.
Avoiding The `Tender Trap\
Once you have a written the entire `Scope of Works\ in this fashion the next
thing to do is compile a short `tender list\ from a list of contractors who have
either been highly recommended by someone you know well ¨C and whose judgment you
trust ¨C or from among contractors whom you know have previously carried out very
similar work of the type and size as yours. (There\s not much point approaching
very large contractors if your project is miniscule relative to their size and
turnover -they probably wouldn\t be interested anyway!)
On the other hand you don\t want to be dealing with a `one-man-band\ working
out of the back of a white van either! So, where possible, try to match the
`tendering contractors\ -no more than three or four -with the size and type of
your project and their proven skills & experience in this field.
Then http://www.thenflpanthersshoponline.com/Youth-Kurt-Coleman-P anthers-Jersey/ ,
invite each contractor on your tender list to submit a \fixed price lump sum\
for the work you have described in your `Scope of Works\. (The reason it\s
called that is that you want to leave room for a conscientious and experienced
contractor to submit alternative suggestions which may either save you time and
money andor be of a better quality.)
How To Properly Compare The Tenders
Finally, once you have received back all of your tenders, carefully go
through each one with a `fine tooth comb\ comparing the cost for each item
against one another. (If you\re not sure whether an item has been included or
not simply `phone the contractor and ask.) But ALWAYS, ALWAYS make sure that you
get WRITTEN confirmation of any amendments andor additions to the tender as a
result of your call!
Underbidding ¨C Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware)
Having received all the tenders back and gone through them with a `fine tooth
comb\ to ensure that everything has been included and priced correctly, a savvy
fit out or refurbishment manager still needs to be aware of the increasingly
common practice of `underbidding\.
Underbidding is where a contractor submits prices within his tender which are
either at, or sometimes even below, the normal market prices for the work in an
attempt to influence those managers who may be tempted to award the contract on
the basis of the lowest `bottom-line\ tender. Once the contract has been
awarded http://www.thenflpanthersshoponline.com/Youth-Kony-Ealy-Pant hers-Jersey/ ,
these contractors will then try to `claw back\ costs from either the supply
chain, or from the client direct via `Change Orders, which can often lead to
confrontation, erosion of trust and which clearly could never work within a
In the end, underbid contracts harm the bidder, the client, the end-users and
rival firms that might have been able to do a better job. So why does
underbidding continue? And what if anything can be done about it?
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
Almost everyone in the industry agrees that many tender bids are going in at
or below the cost of a
job http://www.thenflpanthersshoponline.com/Youth-Kevin-Norwood- Panthers-Jersey/ ,
though nobody will admit to doing it themselves. A recent survey released found
that 82% of respondents thought so-called \suicide bidding\ existed in the
industry but there is precious little hard evidence on how prevalent the
practice really is.
So why do companies underbid? One reason is to use it as a temporary way to
boost revenue and help the firm ¨C albeit temporarily ¨C stay afloat.
But it is not always simply a way to buy revenue in harsh times. Many
contractors do it in the expectation of reclaiming costs by exploiting loopholes
in the contract andor squeezing their suppliers. In these cases, .