“The Payment Technology Revolution”
Online Registration Opens June 13th

Customers' payments experiences are benefiting from evolving technology solutions. This technological transformation is apparent across a variety of platforms and channels, including scan and go, order online and pick up in store or curbside delivery, and the use of voice assistant to order and pay for items. The 2019 Annual Conference will explore how new developments in technology are leading merchants and industry partners to create a more frictionless customer experience. With over 140 of the top merchant companies in attendance, this is an event you will not want to miss! Plan now to attend!

  • MAG members receive three complimentary registrations
  • MAG sponsors receive complimentary registrations and marketing opportunities based on their level of sponsorship
  • New! Tech Forum - Sept. 17
  • Two and a half days of pure payments knowledge with the best in the industry. The Merchant Only session is something you don't want to miss!

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Introducing the MAG Tech Forum
By John Drechny, CEO, Merchant Advisory Group

We are excited to announce a new forum designed for merchant payment technology teams. At our Annual Conference on September 17 in Scottsdale, Arizona, we will launch the Tech Forum with a full day of sessions designed to engage and educate those who work in the technology space making the payment process a reality for merchants. Read the Full Article

Merger, Merger, Merger - What Does it Mean for the Merchant?
By Laura Townsend, SVP Operations, Merchant Advisory Group

Should merchants expect upsides or shortcomings as a result of the ongoing merger activity across the payments industry? Or will merchants feel little impact of the continued consolidation? It is tough to decide how this will all play out but one thing we can be sure of is that this industry movement will continue. Read the Full Article

The Power of Connections
By Kari Hartley, Director of Member and Administrative Services, Merchant Advisory Group

The MAG values the power of connection and it's evident in the atmosphere at our conferences, the collaborative conversations of our merchant SIG groups, and so much more. Read the Full Article

Merchant Perspective - United We Stand or Divided We Pay: Checking/ACH payment Conversions to Virtual Cards
By Grant Olsen, Sr IT Payments Specialist, ADT Security

There are many large companies profiting from the practice of intercepting checking account bill payments and converting them to Virtual Cards. The practice is pretty simple, companies pay kickbacks to bill payment processors to process their checking account payments. Read the Full Article

MAG launched the Smarter Payments Executive Education Series earlier this spring. We created the videos, which are each under 10 minutes, to share information about payments for busy merchant professionals.

Please share the videos with executives, colleagues and peers within your companies. On our website, you'll find talking points to help explain the purpose and content of the videos.

In addition to the MAG website, the videos are also available through our social media channels. We hope you will engage with us to like and share the videos through LinkedIn, @SmarterPayments on Twitter, and “Know Your Payments” on Facebook.

Thanks for your help in spreading the word about the Smarter Payments Executive Education Series!

MPC19, the 13th Mobile Payments Conference, is set for August 26-28 at the Swissôtel Chicago. This year's theme, “Global Commerce in Motion: Enabling Frictionless Mobile Payments,” will focus on the impact of the 5G revolution on mobile commerce and removing friction from the payments process for users and merchants.

In its ninth year, the Mobile Payments Conference is the premier annual conference and exhibition on the future of alternative payments worldwide. MPC is known for bringing together thought leaders, innovators and decision-makers from financial, technology, government, retail, marketing and mobile industries to discuss the evolution of the payments industry. Attendees benefit from access to the world's foremost experts in emerging payments and commerce, blockchain and digital currencies, cybersecurity and consumer privacy, customer experience and loyalty, and customer engagement and marketing.

Visit the conference website here for more information.

Payment Implications of XS2A: Potential Benefits for Both Consumers and Merchants
By The WorldPay Team

Merchants are asking questions about PSD2. Rightfully so-the initiative is transforming payments across the European market. With these new regulations taking place, what are some of the payment implications and what do they mean for businesses and consumers? Read the Full Article

Digital Goods and the Challenge of Chargebacks
By Gabe McGloin, Head of International Sales and Merchant Development, Verifi

The challenge when dealing with digital goods comes from the multiple choices of payment methods now available to consumers buying online. Read the Full Article

Encryption: A Primer on Some of the Benefits, Limitations and Considerations
By Trace C. Ussery, Director of Business Development, OLS Payments

According to Gemalto's Breach Level Index website, since 2013 more than 14.7 billion records were lost or stolen and only 4% of breaches involved systems where encryption was utilized. Said another way, that equates to 73 records per SECOND in that span. Read the Full Article


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Silver Sponsor

Aurus Inc. provides a global multi-channel payments platform, AurusPay®, which enables retailers to deliver secure and seamless payment acceptance. Aurus enables consumer engagement at the point of purchase and supports acceptance of emerging and popular international and alternate payment tender types. AurusPay® is a PCI-DSS, PA-DSS and P2PE certified processing platform which protects retailers POS card data against malware attack using its innovative patented security solution, AurusShield®. Aurus is headquartered in Boston and with development offices in Pune, India.

Platinum Sponsor

Deloitte is a multinational professional services network. Deloitte is one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals.

Platinum Sponsor

Flexa is working to make retail payments faster and more affordable. We help merchants reduce processing costs and eliminate fraud by accepting digital currencies-the fastest-growing form of payments today.

Silver Sponsor

Modo is a payments switch + back office operations platform for global ecommerce merchants. With one connection to Modo's /Checkout API, you are given the flexibility to work with multiple payment providers, networks, and payment methods and have the visibility to understand your total cost of payments on a transaction-by-transaction basis. Focus on your bottom line, and let Modo manage your payments connections.

Platinum Sponsor

NCR Corporation is a leader in banking and commerce solutions, powering incredible experiences that make life easier. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables 760 million transactions daily across financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries.

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