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2020 Agenda At-A-Glance*

*Agenda is subject to change

Sunday, September 20
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration Open

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Evening Event Sponsored By American Express

Monday, September 21
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Opening & Ice-Breaker

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Welcome & Anti-Trust - John Drechny (CEO, Merchant Advisory Group)

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Tokens: To Buy, To Build, or To Borrow....that is the question

In this session, learn about the different token solutions that exist in the market today and walk out with a clear understanding of the major differences, as well as some tips to consider as you begin building your token strategy or make a change to your existing solution. After completing this educational session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the 3 main tokenization solutions (Merchant, Acquirer, and Network) and be able to identify the pro's and con's of each
  • Label the different parties involved in the tokenization flow
  • Define and distinguish the differences in P2PE, E2EE, Hashing and Token Vaults
  • Explain the challenges with merchant routing choice combined with tokenization and identify possible solutions to BIN routing in a tokenized environment
  • Name several solutions for BIN analysis and cardholder identification after tokenization is implemented
  • Distinguish the differences between wallet tokenization, payment card tokenization, and security tokens
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Exhibit Break

10:45 am - 11:55 am

Education: Payments 101

Learn the fundamentals of payments all the way from understanding who all the players are and the different tender types to chargebacks and security. Payments changes every single day, so whether you're a novice and new to the industry, or a seasoned veteran, everyone will take something away in this back-to-the-basics foundational session. After completing this educational session, attendees will be able to:

  • List all of the major payment types that exist today
  • Differentiate the different payment processing models in the U.S.
  • Label all of the different parties involved in the payment transaction life cycle
  • Define all of the major transaction type concepts (authorization, settlement, clearing, etc.)
  • Label all of the different hardware components of a standard card-present transaction and identify their importance to the overall payments experience
  • Distinguish the different major debit networks in the U.S. and describe the challenges that merchants face today in routing choice
  • Review a credit card fee statement and accurately categorize the different types of fees merchants are assessed and identify which fees can be minimized/avoided altogether by making operational changes
  • Describe how the cost of payments is distributed across the ecosystem
  • Identify the basic fraud and risk management concepts associated with payment authorizations (AVS, CVV, EMV, Tokenization, 3D Secure etc.)
  • Describe the chargeback lifecycle, the concept of liability shift, and recount a few of the major tips merchants can implement to minimize chargebacks
  • Identify the crucial key performance indicators (KPI's) necessary to monitor their payments program
10:45 am- 11:55 am

Integrating Cryptocurrency into Your Rewards Program

We'll take a deep dive in the Petro and Convenience Retail vertical by exploring the use case of Cryptocurrency Rewards where consumers become stakeholders in the payment ecosystem.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MERCHANT ONLY Round Table Discussions (SIGs)

  • Mass Merchant
  • eCommerce
  • Petroleum/Convenience Stores
  • Small Ticket/Restaurant

    Conference Name Badges
    For security reasons, MAG requires attendees to wear their name badges at all times during the Annual Conference including evening networking events.  Merchants will be required to show badges when entering merchant only sessions. Badges are to be picked up upon arrival when you check in at the registration desk. Should you lose your badge, please come to the registration desk to receive a replacement. 
  • 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

    Exhibit Break

    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

    Sponsor Breakout Sessions

    4:25 pm - 4:15 pm

    SIT & Chat: Interchange & Authorization Optimization

    4:25 pm - 4:15 pm

    SIT & Chat: Fraud Prevention

    4:25 pm - 4:15 pm

    SIT & Chat: PINless Debit

    4:25 pm - 4:15 pm

    SIT & Chat: Reconciliation

    4:25 pm - 4:15 pm

    SIT & Chat: Alternative Payments

    5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Networking Evening Event Sponsored by J.P. Morgan

    Tuesday, September 22
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Networking Breakfast

    8:30 am - 8:55 am

    Welcome - John Drechny (CEO, Merchant Advisory Group)

    8:55 am - 9:55 am

    PIN-less is Touch-less and SO MUCH MORE!

    Sometimes less is more!  As merchants plan business resumption at physical retail they are considering alternative touch-less payment experiences.  PIN-less is a touch-less alternative and it also offers routing choice to alternative debit networks within that  frictionless experience.  PIN-less works with all kinds of technologies including EMV contact, contactless, and magnetic stripe as well as remote payment experience online including e-commerce and m-commerce.

    Attend this MAG merchant panel session to learn more about PIN-less, its value proposition, and considerations for implementation and optimization.

    10:00 am - 10:30 am

    Exhibit Break

    10:30 am - 11:55 am

    Hi-Tech: DevOps, Containers and Microservices Oh My! (Part 2 of 3)

    This 3-part hi-tech series will explore Containers and Microservices DevOps tools, enabling  agility, speed and resource efficiency for many tasks that developers work on daily. Though they exist independently and serve different purposes, Containers and Microservices are often used together; they're the key two peas in a pod that is DevOps. When implementing and managing containers and microservices, DevOps teams must actively work to prevent application sprawl, unauthorized use and problematic code — all issues that could easily spiral out of control if allowed to go undetected and untreated.
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Expanding Payment Options

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:00 pm - 2:25 pm

    Hi-Tech: DevOps, Containers and Microservices Oh My! (Part 3 of 3)

    This 3-part hi-tech series will explore Containers and Microservices DevOps tools, enabling  agility, speed and resource efficiency for many tasks that developers work on daily. Though they exist independently and serve different purposes, Containers and Microservices are often used together; they're the key two peas in a pod that is DevOps. When implementing and managing containers and microservices, DevOps teams must actively work to prevent application sprawl, unauthorized use and problematic code — all issues that could easily spiral out of control if allowed to go undetected and untreated.
    2:25 pm - 2:50 pm

    Networking Break

    2:50 pm - 1:00 pm

    Exhibit Quest Winners Announced

    3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

    Whose Data is it Anyway?

    4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

    Closing Remarks

    5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Networking Evening Event

    Wednesday, September 23
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Networking Breakfast - All Attendees

    8:30 am - 9:30 am

    MERCHANT ONLY Round Table Discussions (SIGs)

  • Mass Merchant
  • Petroleum/Convenience Stores
  • Small Ticket/Restaurant

    Conference Name Badges
    For security reasons, MAG requires attendees to wear their name badges at all times during the Annual Conference including evening networking events.  Merchants will be required to show badges when entering merchant only sessions. Badges are to be picked up upon arrival when you check in at the registration desk. Should you lose your badge, please come to the registration desk to receive a replacement. 
  • 9:35 am - 10:35 am

    MERCHANT ONLY Round Table Discussions - eCommerce

    Conference Name Badges
    For security reasons, MAG requires attendees to wear their name badges at all times during the Annual Conference including evening networking events.  Merchants will be required to show badges when entering merchant only sessions. Badges are to be picked up upon arrival when you check in at the registration desk. Should you lose your badge, please come to the registration desk to receive a replacement. 
    10:35 am - 10:40 am

    Opening Comments - John Drechny (CEO, Merchant Advisory Group)

    10:40 am - 11:10 am

    A Word from the MAG Chair

    11:40 am - 12:00 pm

    Networking Break (Grab Box Lunches)

    12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

    Improving the Payments Landscape

    MAG members and representatives of the Operations and Digital Commerce Committees will share the latest on initiatives which involve collaboration efforts with payment partners to improve operational challenges across all commerce channels, help merchants protect the customer experience, and to promote fairness in the ecosystem.

    Moderator: Kara Kazazean (Walmart)
    Presenters: Joe Vasterling (Best Buy), Justin Staskiewicz  (Whataburger) and John Aglialoro (Verizon Communications)
    12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

    Closing Remarks - John Drechny (CEO, Merchant Advisory Group)