Join The MAG

Make the MAG part of your business strategy. Join the leading organization shaping the future of payments acceptance and gain a competitive advantage for your business.

The Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) was founded in 2008 by a small visionary group of merchants in the payments field dedicated to driving positive change in payments through multi-stakeholder collaboration. The MAG represents 165 of the largest U.S. merchants which account for over $4.8 Trillion in annual sales at over 580,000 locations across the U.S. and online. Roughly $3.5 Trillion of those sales and over 100 Billion card payments are electronic which represents approximately 62%* of total U.S. card volume. MAG members employ over 14 million associates.

*Source of Total U.S. card volumes:  Federal Reserve Payments Study 2019

Mission: Driving positive change and innovation in the payments industry that serves the merchants’ interests through collaboration, education and advocacy.

Vision: An improved and equitable payments ecosystem.

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Cost of Membership and the Benefits

$5,750 per year*

*Membership runs from the date joined till the end of the current year

Member benefits include:

    Complimentary attendance at the annual and mid-year conferences, a tremendous opportunity for education, networking, best-practice sharing, reviewing new technologies and interfacing with payment companies. Members receive three complimentary registrations for each MAG conference. Additional Attendees are $495 per person.
    MAG Members represent all key merchant verticals, including big box retail, warehouse retail, petroleum, grocery, small ticket/ kiosk, airlines, hotels, and eCommerce. Because of this, Merchants have the unique opportunity to network with their peers in other industry segments, and to share potential solutions to shared problems. The MAG addresses a broad range of payments issues with no limitations in scope.

    However, there are times when it makes sense for merchants within the same vertical to discuss and share more industry-specific challenges. To meet this need, the MAG has formed four Special Interest Groups or SIGs. The four SIGs are:

    1. eCommerce
    2. Mass Merchant 
    3. Petroleum/Convenience Stores
    4. Small Ticket/Restaurant
    The MAG is built on partnership. While the relationship between merchants and other parties in the payments process is at times adversarial, the MAG seeks to bring all parties together address issues in a collaborative, effective manner.
    The MAG seeks to aggressively help its members improve performance. By providing training, surveys, studies and best practice information, the MAG helps you run your department in a more efficient and effective manner.
    MAG Membership includes most of the largest merchants in the country and commands respect simply because of the combined weight of their sales and payment volume.
    Exclusive access to the MAG newsletter, webinars, research studies,, and surveys that provide valuable bench marking data and other pertinent information.

    Access to past webinar recordings, conference session presentations-polling, conference summaries, educational session recordings, industry publications, member surveys and best practices, and additional tools to help you educate new employees and manage your department.

How to Join

Contact MAG Director of Member Services Kari Hartley for membership information at

Who should join the MAG?

MAG membership is made up of merchants only. MAG Members represent all key merchant verticals, including big box retail, warehouse retail, petroleum, grocery, small ticket/ kiosk, airlines, hotels, and eCommerce. Typical MAG Members are:

  • Individuals who want to help drive positive change in the payments industry.
  • Payments operations or payments technology subject matter experts willing to share knowledge.
  • New payments professionals looking to gain a foundational knowledge of payments and the ecosystem.   

Interested in joining the MAG as an Annual Sponsor?

The MAG is seeking business partners to join with Merchant Members in driving positive change in the payments industry. The MAG seeks annual sponsors who desire to fully engage with the group and become actively involved in helping achieve the goals of the organization.