Foscam US Drops Foscam, Becomes Amcrest, OEMs Dahua

By Brian Karas, Published Aug 02, 2016, 09:23am EDT

Foscam out, Dahua in.

We spoke to Adam Ravat [link no longer available], the CEO of Foscam US, now Amcrest, about why he rejected Foscam, went with Dahua, and how up he built a business selling tens of thousands of cameras monthly. 

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Comments (7)

Amcrest still trying to squeeze out a little more mileage on the Foscam brand association:

Once Dahua develops full ranges of products and gets comfortable with the online channels such as Amazon, Dahua would do the same - undercut this sole distributor.

Apparently, this guy really tried to monopolize the channel management for Foscam and Dahua. This might work against the modern trend of multi-channel or balanced channel management strategies that you can find in any US business school textbooks.

The other question we should be asking is: how much profit % this guy squeezed from Foscam? Being the sole distributor certainly gave him a lot of bargaining power over Foscam. If he asked for too much and left Foscam little profit for reinvestment in R&D, it might legitimize Foscam's move to undercut him.

Apparently, this guy really tried to monopolize the channel management for Foscam and Dahua.

Who does he think he is, a distributor or something?

I am looking forward to the next article showing that Dahua has gone direct and left him out to dry

I Amcrestfallen.

Definitely could happen, but that is why he went with "Amcrest" instead of DahuaUSA or something similar. By owning/controlling the main brand if he switches OEM's, or the OEM dumps him, he can pickup with a new supplier and keep using the Amcrest name.

Amcrest continues be concerned about my Foscam firmware being up to date.

However, since I'm not a Foscam customer and they're not a Foscam distributor, I'm confused.

Oddly, there is nothing else here about how or where to update my firmware:

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