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2020 Mid-Year Agenda At-A-Glance

*Agenda is subject to change

Monday, February 10
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration Open

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Networking Evening Event

Tuesday, February 11
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:00 pm

Exhibitor Hall Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Tech Forum

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The full Tech Forum agenda will be available soon.

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Optional Education Session - Contactless 101: Why, What and How

Are EMV contact and contactless the same? If I support EMV contact and have the contactless hardware in place can I just turn on contactless?  What are the impacts for a merchant to support contactless (beyond what has been done for contact EMV)? Can I still keep my debit routing preference when I support contactless? If you have wondered about the answers to any of these questions, you don’t know how to answer them or just want to learn more about how contactless works, this session is for you.  During the session we will cover all you need to know in order to make a decision on whether to support contactless, how does contactless work and most importantly how does it impact you as a merchant.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Optional Education Session - PIN Debit Routing 201: Think You’re Optimal? Think Again.

Truly optimized PIN debit routing remains the biggest opportunity for merchants to reduce their payments costs today. But exactly what does optimal routing mean, and how can you ensure you’re getting the most value from your supplier?  Understanding the nuances behind your routing preferences is extremely complex. Merchants need a firm understanding of their existing arrangements; the inherent challenges of optimizing; and the opportunities available to them in order to maximize the financial benefits. In this 201 session, CMSPI will take an in-depth look at the PIN debit market – exploring how recent technological developments and innovations can help merchants to optimize.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 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. 
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Networking Break

    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Hot Topic Discussions

    There will be six hot topic sessions held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Time slots for these topics are yet to be determined. The topics include:
    • Installments: The Hottest Financing Trend
    • Faster Payment: Why Should You Become Involved?
    • W3C, EMVCo, NACHA, FPC: Come Hear What Is Coming In New Standards
    • EMV 2.0: Automated Fuel Dispenser Liability Shift
    • Utilizing Currency Solutions to Overcome Cross Border Challenges (ICC)
    • Fraud: The Latest On Payment Fraud and How To Protect Your Assets
    View topic descriptions.
    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

    Networking Break

    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Networking Evening Event

    Wednesday, February 12
    7:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Registration Open

    7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Networking Breakfast

    7:30 am - 8:00 pm

    Exhibitor Hall Open

    7:30 am - 8:15 am

    New Member & Guest Breakfast

    8:30 am - 8:50 am

    Welcome - John Drechny (CEO, Merchant Advisory Group)

    8:50 am - 9:40 am

    What's Happening in Payments Around the World?

    Payment advancements are happening at an accelerated pace across the globe. This panel of experts from around the world will give an update on how payments are taking shape across global markets and how the changes affect consumers.
    9:45 am - 10:30 am

    The New Acquirer Landscape

    Several mega mergers among acquirers and bank processors have caused significant shifting in the marketplace. Come hear from those involved what they see changing and how it can improve the merchants business. Find out answers to questions like: What benefits may results from the consolidation between the merchant and issuer processor and how will these new entities provided better service to the customer?
    10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Networking Break

    11:00 am - 11:50 am

    The Expansion of Merchant Specific Wallets

    Numerous merchants are creating wallets with functionality that includes storing credentials and delivering loyalty, among other features. As with any new customer-facing functionality, there is always a lot to learn. Come hear from the panel of merchants on what they learned by implementing wallets for their customers.
    11:50 am - 12:00 pm

    MAG Announcements & Exhibit Quest Winners

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Sponsor Breakout Sessions

    There will be five sponsor breakout sessions held form 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and resuming from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Session details will be available soon, the time-slots for these session are as follows:
    • 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
    • 1:50 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
    • 3:50 PM - 4:20 PM
    • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Networking Break

    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Sponsor Breakout Sessions (continued)

    There will be five sponsor breakout sessions held form 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and resuming from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Session details will be available soon, the time-slots for these session are as follows:
    • 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
    • 1:50 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
    • 3:50 PM - 4:20 PM
    • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Networking Evening Event

    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Exhibitor Tear Down

    Thursday, February 13
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

    Networking Breakfast - All Attendees

    ***MERCHANT ONLY SESSION***

    8:30 am - 9:30 am

    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. 
  • 9:30 am - 9:45 am

    Networking Break

    9:45 am - 9:50 am

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

    9:50 am - 10:20 am

    A Word from the MAG Chair

    10:20 am - 10:50 am

    Member Survey Executive Summary

    10:50 am - 11:40 am

    Electronic Payments: Regulatory and Legal Implications to Business

    Expert panelists will provide the audience with an update on recent legislative and court developments, including the Federal Reserve's efforts with FedNow, the FTC's interest in competition in debit transactions, the fuel liability shift advocacy efforts, and the 2020 political landscape.


    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.
    12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

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

    The MAG Experience:

    With over 600 attendees representing cross verticals in the payments industry, whether you are new to payments or an industry veteran, the MAG Annual Conference will provide you with valuable tools and information that you can take back to your workplace.