MAG 2015 Mid-Year Conference Registration Now Open!


Most payments experts predict profound changes in the payments space in coming years. The 2015 Mid-Year Conference will focus on how present payments system participants intend to evolve their products as well as how new payments providers intend to change the payments landscape. Two optional educational sessions on Data Security (Cyber) and Digital Commerce will be presented on Tuesday, February 17th. Don’t miss this event!
Visit the MAG website for the conference agenda and to register.

The Disruptors!
By Mark Horwedel, Merchant Advisory Group

Payments today is filled with friction and fractionalization; and, it is under assault by change-agents, the so-called “disruptors” (can you say “disruptors” in your best James Earl Jones Darth Vader voice?) whose evil intentions are to change the payment universe forever. Read the Full Article

An Election, an Executive Order, and What that Means
for Payments in 2015

By Liz Garner, Merchant Advisory Group

With an Executive Order supporting Chip and PIN technology, the 2014 mid-term elections resulting in a change of party control in the Senate, and Visa recently issuing an Honor All Cards acceptance bulletin, how are all of these events going to impact business — particularly in the payments and security space? Read the Full Article

Mobile vs. the Ancient World of E-commerce: What Can We Learn from the 90’s Airlines’ Digital Commerce Revolution?
By Chris Priebe, Southwest Airlines

I think we’re witnessing a mobile commerce revolution. went from 0% Internet sales to 83% Internet sales in about a decade. Most, if not all of us, will experience a similar rise from plastic card based transactions to mobile wallet based digital transactions and offers. Read the Full Article

Chargeback Prevention in the Bricks and Mortar Channel
By Dean Sheaffer, Boscov’s Inc.
The vast majority of all transactions are still conducted in the Card Present environment. There are a number of best practices that can help your organization significantly reduce fraud losses. Read the Full Article


Events and Education

MAG Educational Webinars
The MAG has held seven educational webinars thus far in 2014. The next webinar is scheduled for December 15 and will feature Rene Pelegero, President & Managing Director, Retail Payments Global Consulting Group, speaking on Tokenization 101 – The Basics on Tokenization in Payments. This webinar will be a high level overview of Tokenization and how it is being applied to the world of payments. Register Today!

Looking Ahead to 2015 education with the MAG 
The MAG webinar and education task force has planned a robust webinar schedule for 2015 and has many timely sessions to help educate members on important topics in the payments sector. View the 2015 MAG webinar schedule.

MAG Insights

The MAG publishes many whitepapers and press releases in the MAG Insights section of the website homepage. Make sure to visit the website often to view these important announcements.


Tap into International Markets for Increased Growth and Revenue
By Brian Frey and John Staple,
First Data International Currency Solutions

Turn every international transaction into an opportunity for additional revenue while promoting a customized purchase experience for international shoppers. Read the Full Article


Now is the Time to Launch Online and Mobile Ordering Integrated with your Gift and Loyalty Program,
By Jamie Myers, Heartland

Expand your dining capabilities beyond your four walls with one integrated solution. Read the Full Article


Also in this Issue

MAG 2014 Annual Conference A Big Success!
The 2014 MAG Annual Conference was held September 16-18 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The conference was the largest MAG Annual Conference to date with over 300 attendees and 150 merchant attendees. All conference education presentations are available in the Members Only area of the website. Once logged in, click on Use Our Resources, Member Resources, 2014 Annual Conference Presentations.

2015 Board Election Results
The 2015 MAG board elections were held during the Annual Membership Meeting held on September 18 at the Marriott Harbor Beach hotel. John Drechny, Walmart and Tim Patterson were re-elected to the board and new MAG board members joining the board in 2015 include Kristy Cook, Target; Troy Carrothers, Kohl’s and Gavin Waugh, The Wendy’s Company. Visit the leadership page for the full MAG board roster.

Renew Your MAG 2015 Membership Dues Today!
This is an exciting time in the payments industry and we want you to stay informed of industry's happenings. There are many benefits you receive as a MAG member. MAG 2015 membership dues renewal information was emailed to all primary contacts at the beginning of December. If you would like to pay your 2015 MAG membership dues online, please login to the MAG website using the company login credentials that were emailed to your primary contact. If you need a copy of your invoice or would like to pay via a wire transfer, please contact the MAG staff at or at (952) 928-4648. Thanks for your continued support of the MAG!

Welcome MAG New Members and Sponsors!
(As of 7/1/14)

MAG Members
Ascena Retail Group, Inc.
Bealls Inc.
Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Delhaize America Shared Services Group, LLC
Foot Locker, Inc.
Giant Eagle, Inc.
Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Tiffany & Company
Wawa, Inc.

View a complete listing of MAG Members 

GOLD Sponsors

SILVER Sponsors
Bluefin Payment Systems
FEXCO Merchant Services
Planet Payment

View a complete listing
of MAG Sponsors

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