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The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding

Shipping is the most popular method of transporting goods today, with around 90% of all freight transported across the oceans and through man-made waterways. Now, you can find out everything about seafreight forwarding in this comprehensive volume that explains the working of the industry, including up-to-date information on liability, cargo handling, tariffs and hardware such as the different types of vessels and containers.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding is written with seafreight industry personnel in mind, including those intending to join the industry and those who simply need a reference. This book provides a complete, practical overview of seafreight operations, which can be readily applied in actual field settings.

The book includes topics such as:

  • the roles of carriers and ports, and how they have changed and evolved
  • different types of vessels, containers and cargo gears, and their suitability for various types of cargo
  • proper packing of cargo
  • preparation of sea waybills and bills of lading
  • international sea transport conventions, including the Hague-Visby Rules
  • liabilities and responsibilities of shippers and carriers, and exemptions from penalties
  • major ports of call around the world
  • post 9/11 security measures and their implications

Commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association, The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding is easy to understand and use, and is the ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.

Our price: US$22.00
The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices

Warehouses may be as old as trading outposts in the olden days, but warehousing has since evolved into a highly sophisticated operation that features prominently in the supply chain strategy. Here at last is a timely and comprehensive guide for practitioners to the best practices in warehousing. It provides insights for beginners in warehousing and is a good quick read for someone who wants to become familiar with the dynamics of this sector.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices provides comprehensive coverage of the operational and management issues faced by a warehouse manager. The tips are very practical and the "must-get-it-rights" are clearly signposted. It includes up-to-date information on the broad range of incentives for logistics providers and experts' insights into the impact of Real Estate Investments Trusts (REITs) and other emerging trends on the warehousing scene.

The book includes topics such as:

  • Warehouse management systems
  • Keeping score on warehouse performance
  • Warehouse safety and security
  • Automated Identification and Data Capture technologies
  • Pricing and costing warehouse services
  • Importance of warehouse to third-party logistics providers
  • Storage system configurations
  • Key considerations in warehouse design and layout

Commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association, The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices is highly practical and easy to understand, making it an ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.

Our price: US$25.00
The State Of Innovation At Firm Level In Singapore

Singapore today stands at a crossroads. The dynamics that made it one of the world's most competitive economies and a magnet for foreign companies and investment are increasingly being replicated by other developing countries.

But even though private and public sectors increasingly understand, appreciate and embrace the pivotal role that innovation must play in continued economic growth, has this awareness translated into action? Is innovation generating the growth it could and should? If not, why not - and what can be done about it?

Monitor Group, in collaboration with Singapore's Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), has led a flagship study to assess the state of innovation capabilities in Singapore both at firm and national levels. In this report you will find:

  • A detailed analysis of the study's findings and conclusions
  • The results of interviews and secondary research conducted as part of the study
  • Singaporean case examples of effective innovation management
  • A revealing set of insights on the policies, actions and initiatives needed to strengthen innovation capabilities and performance in Singapore
  • A series of high-level, conceptual recommendations for driving strategic innovation and high-impact results

Our price: US$25.00
Working Together - Organisational Effectiveness Through Healthy Work Life Practices

Every CEO knows that the secret to growing an organisation lies in developing the staff. Employees with a healthy work-life balance bring long-term benefits of organisational effectiveness. This book details programmes such as Flexible Work Arrangements and contains true accounts of how the implementation and practice of work-life concepts made significant positive impact on organisations.

Our price: US$6.50
Writing Your Autobiography

Everyone has one book that they are qualified to write – their own life story. But not everyone knows how to go about doing it. Now, with this little book, which will have them chuckling as they read it, they can get expert advice and finally get started.

Writing Your Autobiography is a blueprint for the would-be autobiographer. It takes you step by step through all the issues, from literary styles to practical matters such as how to get published.

Our price: US$9.50
CLOSE WATCH - A Nation's Resolve to Secure Singapore
CLOSE WATCH documents Singapore's efforts in countering the threat of terrorism since the country was stunned by the arrests of several Jemaah Islamiyah members here following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.
This book details what goes on behind the scenes as the authorities endeavour to keep the country safe from terrorist attacks. The whole-of-government approach to the threat is augmented by contributions from a cross-section of society, from the private sector to religious organisations and members of the public. Together, their collective vigilance is a testimony to the whole-of-nation effort in keeping our home safe.

Ben Nadarajan has been a journalist with The Straits Times for 10 years and has won several in-house and international awards for his work. He likes writing about crime, security and legal issues, although he has dabbled in science, environmental and foreign affairs stories as well. He grew up wanting to write fiction, but ended up writing non-fiction instead.

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Keeping the Faith- Syed Isa Semait, Mufti of Singapore 1972-2010
His role to forge a Singapore Muslim identity has helped the community to thrive in a multi-religious, modern and cosmopolitan Singapore. — Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic, Studies, Oxford University, UK. Mufti Syed Isa has played a very significant role in providing, leadership and inspiration in enhancing the bond of relationship, among the many faith communities for the greater good of Singapore, and beyond. — Retired Revd Dr John Chew, Bishop of Singapore. Syed Isa Semait worked as a typist, welder, bookseller and marriage registrar before being appointed Mufti of Singapore in 1972 at the age of 33. He soon found his decisions aimed at improving the religious life of Singapore’s Muslim community challenged by many. Some called him a government lackey. But backed by his peers and older religious leaders, he persevered and gradually won the hearts and minds of many Muslim Singaporeans round to what he was convinced was the best way for them to organise their religious affairs in the midst of rapid development. Keeping the Faith tells the story of Syed Isa, the Mufti of Singapore for almost40 years, and how with his guidance, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis, or Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) oversaw improvements to the collection and administration of zakat or tithes, the fixing of Islamic calendar dates, the administration of wakaf or endowments, and the revamping of religious education to keep up with changing times. By the time he stepped down from the post of Mufti at the end of 2010, Syed Isa had helped see to a more confident and progressive Muslim community that was no less religious but more conscious of the role it could play in a cosmopolitan, multi-religious Singapore. As an active member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Syed Isa also led the way in fostering friendships with leaders of the various faiths in Singapore.
Keeping the Faith shows how Syed Isa applied his knowledge and convictions to help shape what he believed would lead to the best outcomes for his community.

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Lead Your Life-Eight Respected Singaporeans Reflect on Leadership,Labour and Love
"Leadership in the Internet not a one-way relationship - of the leader having the ideas, the plan, and the others following like the clone armies in Star Wars. In this day and age, clone armies are weak armies. Mindless supporters are worthless. Leadership becomes a chmistry among people, enabling them to draw energy from one another." - George Yeo, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore

In Lead Your Life, eight prominent old boys of St Joseph/s Institution - Cabinet Minister, University President, and CEOs - recount the times they were called on to exercise leadership and how they responded to that call in a series of frank exchanges with Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez.

In a series of conversations on the art of leadership held in 2010-2011 at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore - dubbed The Fullerton-SJI Leadership Lectures - distinguished alumni of St Joseph's Institution shared what they had learnt about leadership, and the leaders they had become, with a younger generation.

From government leaders to business chiefs, iconoclasts to intellectuals - they are all leaders in their own right. Their leadership moments ranged from a call to serve as a deputy prime minister, the SARS epidemic, or a financial scandal at the National Kidney Foundation. Whatever the case, they shared openly how they responded to the call of leadership. Their styles and presentations differed markedly; their insights were rich and diverse, drawing on their experiences in fields such as banking, government, the arts and non-government volunteer organisations. Ideals ranged from how to build organisations, provide visionary leadership, establish trust and credibility, stay humble and grounded, manage time and stress, while preparing to plug-and-play in an increasingly complex and connected world.

Our price: US$40.00
Facing Faiths, Crossing Cultures

In a series of incisive and thoughtful discussions by leaders from academia, government, business and religious communities in the region and internationally, IPS has produced a collection of riveting and diverse points of view on race, relations, religion, cultural identity and nation identity, and their impact on a rapidly growing multicultural and diverse world.

New insights include the fact that diasporas, women and globalisation are the new deciding factors that will contribute to a reconfiguring of influence and political, economic and cultural developments in Singapore, Southeast Asia and indeed the world. They point to the strong possibilities, in contrast to the claims of conflict-proneness, that Singapore and the Southeast Asian region can illuminate peaceful and dialogical ways in dealing with cultural and religious issues.

Our price: US$25.90
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Foreign Maids - The Complete Handbook For Employers And Maid Agencies

Foreign Maids - The Complete Handbook For Employers And Maid Agencies by Chew Kim Whatt is the answer to the Ministry of Manpower's effort to instil in employers how we should treat maids as workers and human beings.

Foreign Maids is a one-stop reference that offers fresh approaches for employers, employment agencies, embassies and social workers. It offers practical tips and shows you the way to smooth maid agency, employer and domestic worker relationships, and eliminates unnecessary confusion and misunderstanding.

This book gives you insights on how to treat this addition to your household, to achieve the same level of efficiency in her as you would desire when hiring and managing an employee in your company. Some of the highlights are :

  • Do you understand your maid's cultural values?
  • Why hire a transfer maid/new maid?
  • Get the job description right
  • Ma'am, what's my work every day?
  • Training for performance
  • Work Permit procedures, guidelines and sample forms
  • Maid abuse

Our price: US$13.90