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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission
Sale submissions are invited for the purchase of the following used items:
CONDITIONS OF SALE:
1. Tenders MUST be placed in the Tender Box, provided in the lobby of the
Supplies Department LP #846 Southern Main Road, King Village, California,
Trinidad and Tobago.This can be done on any working day of the week (Monday
- Friday) but not later than 1:30p.m. on the respective closing dates.
2. Each bid must be SEPARATELY enclosed in a PROPERLY, SEALED ENVELOPE with
the SALE NUMBER CLEARLY MARKED ON THE FACE.
3. All bids will be subject to V.A.T. but should be exclusive of V.A.T.
4. The Commission does not bind itself to accept the highest or any offer.
5. It is the Commission's practice not to enter into negotiations after awards have
CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 24th February 2015
TIME: 1:30 P.M.
For further information, please refer
to our website: www.ttec.co.tt
6. Tenderers are required to make a refundable deposit
of ten percent (10%) of their bid price at the time of
tendering by way of a certified cheque. Cheques will
be returned to the unsuccessful tenderers. Winning
tenderers who cancel their bids will not be refunded
7. Tenderers are required to visit the location and view
the items as bids tendered will be final and the items
are being sold on an "as is", "where is" basis.
8. Tenderers visiting the locations are required to be
outfitted with the appropriate Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE), which includes safety boots, helmets
and reflector vests. No Tenderer will be allowed on site,
unless properly outfitted.
9. Prospective tenderers may be asked to submit a plan
for disposal of the item, or may have to undergo a
safety audit before the sale is awarded.
10. THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WILL BE REQUIRED TO
REMOVE ALL ITEMS FROM THE COMPOUND WITHIN
SEVEN (7) WORKING DAYS OF BEING AWARDED THE
TENDER. IN THE CASE OF TRANSFORMERS, ANY
SPILLAGE OF TRANSFORMER OIL WHILE REMOVING
WILL HAVE TO BE MOPPED UP WITH THE APPLICATION
OF AN ADEQUATE ABSORBENT PILLOW PROVIDED BY
11. The Tenderer must ensure that all their personnel are
equipped with the appropriate PPE upon arriving at
the site to remove the item. An onsite safety
orientation may be administered prior to removing
12. Tenderers are required to show proof of registration
with the Ministry of Trade as a scrap dealer on
submission of bids.
13. On removal of the item, the contractor must ensure
that the area is left in a clean and safe manner with all
debris being removed
Defective Pole Mounted
Date: Tuesday 10th
Time: 10:00 A.M.
465 T&TEC Central
Defective Pole Mounted
Defective auto reclosure
and power transformers
13 Items Eastern
Last week, Unipet launched a new
combination of a gas card and app
for its customers.
I ll be straight up front with this.
I ve been a Unipet customer for more
than a decade, driving straight past an
NP franchise that s much closer to me
because of the convenience of their
on-pump payment system.
So I had high hopes that the com-
pany might be able to leverage that
clear sense of customer convenience
into the digital realm.
The gas card has its roots in an exist-
ing fleet card system for business customers that allows
corporate clients to monitor spending on gas purchases
for company vehicles.
The consumer card brings the convenience of being
able to fuel at a Unipet pump without using cash or
a credit card to any customer, while adding useful fea-
tures that leverage the new app and a still undefined
point system of rewards.
The company has also announced a partnership
with Sagicor insurance which gives Sagicor General s
motor vehicle customers, on renewal of their polices,
a complimentary Unipet gas card. New customers will
get a 10 per cent discount on their motor vehicle
The mobile app, developed by Alliance Software and
Technology Systems Limited, is the result of a collab-
oration between the eight-year-old Prism Technologies,
Business Communication Systems Limited, Hypertech
Caribbean Limited, Prism Services Limited, Ansatz
Solutions and Jules IT System.
Unfortunately, the resulting software, available for
Android and iOS smartphones, is something of a dis-
For one thing, it s as ugly as darkest sin.
The only visible graphic is a stretched logo that acts
as a background for what is, essentially, a series of
Non-Unipet functionality is limited to recording
information about your vehicle, though there s a useful
list of emergency numbers and reminders about readily
forgettable things like your driver s license and auto
insurance expiry dates.
When you use the card to pay for gas, the app
prompts you to record your gas mileage for calculating
your gas efficiency and for travel records.
Unfortunately, it s just a digital notebook and doesn t
seem to have any user facing calculating capabilities.
The process for a new user is straightforward, if a
little convoluted and tiresome at the start. You create
an account at the Petrocard site (http://ow.ly/Hwxyx)
which provides with an activation code, which you
can print to take with you to your preferred Unipet
It s a bit of a pain for everyone involved, but from
that point on, the card and app can work seamlessly
together. You can t use the card directly on the pump,
but you can charge a pump with it via the cashier, and
your purchase gets recorded instantly on the Unipet
It s a good idea and a decent, if stuttering start on
integrating mobile technology with Unipet s business,
but Unipet s executives needed to articulate a long
term strategy that suggests that this was an iterative
project and not a done deal.
But slower more deliberate approaches to extended
software development and systems testing tends to be
characterised by soft launches and extended beta testing,
not speeches and advertising campaigns.
There s a lot to fix here and it all needs to get done
quickly and deliberately if it s to meet the expectations
of the users that Unipet hopes to capture.
As it stands, the company won t be getting any cus-
tomers via serendipity, because you can t even launch
the app to use its logging features without activating
it with Unipet.
As designed, the Petrocard app exists as an adjunct
to the gas card programme and cannot, on its own,
The company has
also announced a
renewal of their
Unipet gas card.
will get a ten
per cent discount
on their motor
lead to any customer engagement.
If you search for the app on any of
the stores using the word Unipet, you
won t find anything, which is simply
surreal from a branding perspective,
let alone supporting a basic search tax-
I d like to think that these were just
oversights, but Unipet managed to host
a big launch event at the Radisson
Hotel without bothering to mention
which platforms the app was available
for or where it could be found.
The app and gas card system prob-
ably won t be for everyone, but for families with multiple
vehicles or small businesses, it offers a way to manage
and monitor multiple gas accounts with little fuss after
Unipet might begin to resolve most of these problems
by doing what they did to win my loyalty as a regular
customer in the first place.
That would mean thinking through the Petrocard
app and its implementation process from the perspective
of making the experience as seamless and non-invasive
for the customer as possible while offering real rewards
for trying something new.
Unfortunately, it s still some distance from that ideal.
Unipet launches new auto app
app from Unipet
at the Radisson
Hotel last week.
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