How Igloohome unlocks cost savings and fast overseas transfers with Airwallex

Discover how smart access company Igloohome uses Airwallex to run their global business and make fast, cost-effective international payments.

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Saved SGD 100+

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Saved 5%

per overseas transaction with Borderless Cards

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Igloohome is a Singapore digital lock brand and software-as-service. They manufacture keyless smart locks for homeowners and businesses, which can be managed remotely through a mobile app.

Company size

> 100 employees


US, Asia Pacific (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka), Japan, UK, France


Software & tech services

Airwallex Products Used

Global Accounts
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Igloohome is a Singapore digital lock manufacturer and software-as-service company.  Since 2016, they have supported homeowners and global companies like Airbnb with keyless locks and other smart access solutions. With 2,500 B2B clients and 110 employees around the world, Igloohome’s growth shows no signs of slowing down. 

“I had to travel a lot as our business grew worldwide,” said Anthony Chow, Igloohome's CEO. “Dealing with payments in different currencies became tough, especially with foreign exchange risks.”

Anthony adds that setting up a scalable infrastructure for growth was also a challenge. “We used banks at first, but eventually saw the need for a more efficient, affordable, and user-friendly solution,” he says.  “Adding Airwallex to our financial toolkit has transformed the way we manage cross-border payments, making every transaction as simple as a local one.”

How did Igloohome navigate global growth with Airwallex? 

  1. Saved SGD 100+ per SWIFT transfer

  2. Saved 5% per overseas transaction with Borderless Cards

  3. Cut transfer times from minutes to seconds

Challenge 1:  High transaction fees on traditional corporate cards

Using bank corporate cards for business travel and SaaS subscriptions was a big challenge for Igloohome. “There were a lot of hidden costs,” Anthony explains. “We were incurring forex fees for all our international transactions, losing a lot of money in the process."

Although their bank cards had strong security features, it sometimes got in the way of convenience. Their cards would occasionally get locked for no obvious reason, which caused a lot of frustration.

The Igloohome team also used a separate service for uploading receipts, adding an extra layer of complexity to their reimbursement process.

Solution: Multi-currency Borderless Cards with built-in expense management

Today, Igloohome uses Airwallex Borderless Cards for all 8 countries they operate in and for all their business travel. This multi-currency debit card improved their bottom line as there are no foreign transaction fees. Being able to spend directly from the currencies in their Airwallex account helped Igloohome save over 5% on card fees for business travel and social media ads. They could also convert currencies at market-leading rates.

Borderless Cards come with a built-in expense management system. This simplified the reconciliation process by integrating receipt upload and expense approvals in one dashboard. Employees can upload receipts via the Airwallex mobile app, and the finance team can review and approve it in minutes. 

“When it comes to payments, sometimes you just want it to work,” says Anthony. “We use the Airwallex Borderless Card in multiple locations and it has a nice audit trail to look at what I spend on. Whether it’s paying for Uber rides or social media ads, the cards always work.”  

- Anthony Chow, CEO

Challenge 2: High SWIFT fees and forex risk for USD transfers

Igloohome frequently transfers USD funds from Singapore to Hong Kong. Using their corporate bank accounts to transfer funds inflated their costs significantly. “We were incurring SGD 100 or more with every SWIFT bank transfer,” says Anthony. 

Foreign exchange risk was also a problem, as the volatile exchange rates affected the amount of USD they receive for their SGD. Bank fees added to this challenge by increasing the overall cost of currency conversion. 

Solution: Transfer USD like a local with Global Accounts 

Using Global Accounts, Igloohome opened USD accounts in both Singapore and Hong Kong. These accounts are connected to local payment rails, which meant their USD transfers bypassed the SWIFT network and were treated like local transactions. 

The team can also easily transfer their held USD funds, which cuts down on unnecessary foreign conversion costs. If they needed to convert from SGD, Airwallex’s real-time pricing ensured they were converting when the market was in their favour.

“Using Airwallex really helped us save on transfer costs and improved our bottom line,” says Anthony.  

Challenge 3: Complex paperwork with cross-border transfers 

With traditional banking, international transfers involve an extra layer of admin. Businesses need to fill out extensive paperwork to meet compliance and legal standards for each country they operate in. Some countries required additional documentation, which impacted the speed of their cross-border transfers.

Solution: Fast international payments with Airwallex’s global transfer network

Igloohome leaned heavily on Airwallex’s wide payout network for fast cross-border payments. Airwallex is connected to local payment systems in over 110+ countries, which means international transfers are treated as local transactions and arrive as quickly as one business day. 

On top of this, Airwallex’s user-friendly and simple interface made it easy for Igloohome to fill out their recipient’s bank details. They could also create custom workflows to simplify the approval process.

“Airwallex is our trusted yet fast solution to making transfers,” Anthony says. “We cut down the time it takes to initiate a transfer from minutes to seconds. Approvals are seamless and this saved our finance team immense amounts of time.”

- Anthony Chow, CEO

What’s next for Igloohome?

Igloohome aims to build a world without keys through its identity management and contactless access solutions. With a rising global demand for their enterprise software, keeping their priorities straight can be a challenge.

"Knowing what to focus on as a rapidly growing business can be challenging,” says Anthony. “When multiple requests and opportunities come your way, it’s easy to get distracted.”

Airwallex has helped Igloohome automate time-consuming but essential financial tasks, allowing them to focus on strategic initiatives that will drive their business.

“We’ve used Airwallex as our financial platform for more than 2 years, and every transaction we have made has always been successful,” says Anthony. “Like Igloohome, Airwallex is solving real problems and we're glad we found a financial partner in them."

- Anthony Chow, CEO

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"We knew that the Singapore market alone was too small for us to survive and thrive. Today, we sell in 7 markets across the world and Airwallex is critical to our day to day global operations."

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