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About SandStar

SandStar is an artificial intelligence and new retail company that develops, manufactures, and operates unmanned convenience stores. SandStar can recognize over 3,000 products including vegetables, fruits, snacks, beverages, breads, fast foods, stationery, and clothes. The technology can be used in all retail checkout scenarios such as supermarkets, pharmacies, food courts, bookstores, and bakeries. Consumers simply place their items on the machine, and their prices are displayed immediately. Payments can be made via WeChat or Alipay. Additionally, merchants can be connected to the machine without having to change their existing system structure, meaning the machines can be quickly deployed and duplicated. The machine also features a face recognition anti-theft system to reduce the rate of damaged goods.

Headquarters Location

606, Block A, SOHO II Guanghua Rd, Chaoyang District

Beijing, Beijing,


+86 400 660 9898

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SandStar's Products & Differentiators

    Smart Kiosk

    AI vending/cooler give consumers "grab and go" experience

Research containing SandStar

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CB Insights Intelligence Analysts have mentioned SandStar in 1 CB Insights research brief, most recently on Dec 3, 2020.

Expert Collections containing SandStar

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SandStar is included in 6 Expert Collections, including Store tech (In-store retail tech).


Store tech (In-store retail tech)

1,930 items

Startups aiming to work with retailers to improve brick-and-mortar retail store operations.


Grocery Retail Tech

828 items

Startups providing B2B solutions to grocery businesses to improve their store and omni-channel performance. Includes customer analytics platforms, in-store robots, predictive inventory management systems, online enablement for grocers and consumables retailers, and more.


Artificial Intelligence

10,627 items

This collection includes startups selling AI SaaS, using AI algorithms to develop their core products, and those developing hardware to support AI workloads.


New Retail Formats

367 items

Tech-enabled, physical retail selling formats that reach beyond the walls of a traditional store.


Retail Tech 100

100 items

The winners of the 2020 CB Insights Retail Tech 100, published December 2020.



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SandStar Patents

SandStar has filed 3 patents.

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Latest SandStar News

SandStar debuts AI innovations at NAMA 2023

May 17, 2023

News Provided By Share This Article AI Vending machine SandStar, a leading provider of AI solutions, made a groundbreaking debut at the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) 2023 conference BEIJING, CHINA, May 17, 2023/ / -- SandStar , a leading provider of AI solutions, made a groundbreaking debut at the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) 2023 conference, showcasing their latest innovations in the field of artificial intelligence. The company unveiled a range of cutting-edge technologies, including QR Code Payment, Age Verification, and ChatVMS & ChatStore, as well as two groundbreaking new models, 21 Plus and Brew Buddy, all aimed at revolutionizing the unattended retail industry. One of the key highlights of SandStar's showcase was their QR Code Payment system, which allows customers to make purchases without the need to download any additional applications. This innovation not only simplifies the payment process for customers but also significantly reduces the risks associated with card skimming and fraud. Another remarkable technology presented by SandStar was their Age Verification system. By automating the sales process for age-restricted products, this system ensures compliance with regulations and prevents underage sales. This advancement is poised to have a profound impact on industries such as alcohol and tobacco, enabling unattended sales in scenarios that were previously unfeasible. SandStar's 21 Plus smart kiosk garnered significant attention at the event. This state-of-the-art kiosk integrates both QR Code Payment and Age Verification functionalities, enabling the sale of alcohol and tobacco in unattended retail environments. This breakthrough development opens up new possibilities for businesses in various sectors, including hotels, restaurants, airports, and offices, to implement unattended retail solutions. In addition, SandStar introduced Brew Buddy, an innovative combination of a smart kiosk and a brew dispenser. Designed for establishments like hotels, restaurants, sport arenas, airports, and offices, Brew Buddy offers an unrivaled unattended retail experience for brewing fresh tea, coffee, draft beer, and other beverages. This unique solution is set to redefine the way these establishments serve their customers, enhancing convenience and efficiency. SandStar's ChatVMS and ChatStore technologies, powered by natural language-based data analysis and recommendations, were also showcased at NAMA 2023 in Atlanta Georgia. These advancements have the potential to transform the retail landscape by providing businesses with streamlined experiences, data-driven insights, and automated operations. With these innovative AI tools, retailers can expect to unlock new business opportunities and enhance customer satisfaction. SandStar's groundbreaking AI innovations presented at NAMA 2023 signify the company's commitment to driving the transformation of the retail industry. With their forward-thinking approach and cutting-edge technologies, SandStar is at the forefront of revolutionizing unattended retail, offering businesses the tools they need to thrive in a rapidly evolving market. Vivian Li

SandStar Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was SandStar founded?

    SandStar was founded in 2016.

  • Where is SandStar's headquarters?

    SandStar's headquarters is located at 606, Block A, SOHO II, Beijing.

  • What is SandStar's latest funding round?

    SandStar's latest funding round is Series B - II.

  • How much did SandStar raise?

    SandStar raised a total of $6.7M.

  • Who are the investors of SandStar?

    Investors of SandStar include True Digital Group, Fengshion Capital, Baidu Ventures, Guopeng Capital, Mobai Capital and 6 more.

  • Who are SandStar's competitors?

    Competitors of SandStar include Trigo, Mashgin, Intuitivo, AiFi, Boxy and 9 more.

  • What products does SandStar offer?

    SandStar's products include Smart Kiosk and 2 more.

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