Vending Machines



at Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna s.p.a.

Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna S.p.A. intends to hold a private tender for the assignment of various premises to be used for conducting business operations related to the sale of hot and cold drinks and snacks through vending machines.

A draft of the sub-licensing agreement for these airport premises will be sent together with a letter with the invitation to tender, once the expression of interest has been received. The agreement will be relevant both to public areas and areas used by airport operators, for a total of 53 areas.

Duration of sub-licensing agreement: applicants are requested to prepare a tender for a maximum sub-licensing duration of 5 years (starting from the date of handover of premises, planned for January 2013).

Prerequisites for eligibility to submit expressions of interest and participate in the tender:

Expressions of interest for this tender will be accepted from Italian and international economic operators who can prove they have consolidated, continuous experience of managing sales of drinks and snacks through vending machines located in high footfall public areas. To this end, applicants must provide details of:

  • turnover generated in the last three years (2009, 2010 and 2011);
  • the network of vending machines managed, with similar characteristics to those mentioned in the title of this invitation to tender (with documented proof of their number and location);
  • the top 5 clients in terms of business volumes and relative turnover;
  • any ISO 9000 and ISO 22000 Quality certification and any voluntary quality certification issued by the relevant association CONFIDA, Total Quality System.

On the basis of the documents and the information sent, the Airport will carry out a preliminary assessment at the end of which, on the basis of the Airport’s discretionary, but justifiable, evaluation, they will select the economic operators who will be invited to prepare a technical and economic proposal, as specified more precisely in the letter of invitation to tender which will be sent together with all the documentation containing useful information for preparing the tender.

All those invited to prepare the above-mentioned technical and economic proposal will have the opportunity to carry out an inspection at Bologna airport by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact the Non Aviation Business Department by phoning 051-6479683, 051-6479750, 051-6479754 or by fax on 051-6479722.

Those invited to tender will have access to information including, for example, floor plans of the current and future premises, a draft of the sub-licensing agreement, minimum technical facilities of the premises following completion of the upgrade works, the estimated forecast for traffic development at the airport over the ten year period in question (without this constituting presupposition under Italian law or attributing to the winner any other form of expectation or claim), passenger profiles, route destinations, etc.

Award criteria: the most economically advantageous offer based on criteria and relative weighting indicated in the invitation to tender.

Instructions and deadline for submission of expressions of interest: expressions of interest and the documentation proving possession of the eligibility requirements for participation in this tender must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the following wording on the outside "Expression of interest to private tender for the assignment of sub-licensed premises for conducting Vending Machines business operations".

Expressions of interest to tender, complete with all the documents required to verify the eligibility requirements for participating in said tender, must be submitted by no later than 12.00 midday on 8th November 2012 to the Non Aviation Business Department of Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna s.p.a., Via Triumvirato 40132 - Bologna. The Department will attach a certificate to confirm receipt within the above-mentioned deadline.

This notice is in no way binding for Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna s.p.a. who reserves the right to act independently with regard to any decisions or choices that may need to be made in relation to it.