The Merchant Advisory Group

The Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) plays a vital role in helping merchants and the industry shape innovative approaches to payments. Providing unparalleled collaboration and networking opportunities for merchants and sponsors, the MAG collaborates with industry stakeholders and advocates for merchants’ interests. The MAG represents over 150 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.

Ensure your voice is heard!

Membership Value

  • Connect with your merchant peers and gather insights that help you solve payments acceptance problems.
  • Discuss strategies for applying new technology in today's rapidly changing payments environment.
  • Learn from industry experts and draw on a wealth of resources and best practices to help move your business forward.

MAG Members

  • Merchants who collaborate across the payments industry to create one merchant voice.
  • 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.

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MAG MEMBERSHIP IS MADE UP OF MERCHANTS ONLY
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If you are a Merchant interested in membership, complete the form and we will contact you.

Membership Levels

All Access Merchant Membership for Companies with Annual Revenue = > $1B   

Unlimited individuals from your organization may participate in your company’s MAG merchant membership. All participants will have full access to our complete networking, education, and best practices resources, including our Merchant Payments 101 course, along with designated free registrations for MAG conferences and Tech Forum.

Digital Access Merchant Membership for Companies with Annual Revenue = < $1B
Two individuals from your organization may participate in your company’s MAG merchant membership. Both will have access to networking, education, and best practice resources. Reduced pricing for all Payments e-Learning Courses as well as participation in MAG conferences and Tech Forum available at program rates.

Annual Member Dues

$5,750 - All Access Membership
$1,000 - Digital Access Membership 

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MAG webinars are provided as a benefit to current MAG members and annual sponsors.

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MAG Membership represents all key merchant verticals

MAG’s membership is comprised of leading merchants representing all key verticals and their payments IT professionals. Subscription/recurring billing, leasing and kiosk also represent growing verticals within our membership. Having opportunities to network and share updates across the payments industry and within your own vertical, where you can discuss emerging issues, is one of the biggest benefits of MAG membership.

Merchant Verticals Include:

  • BIG BOX RETAIL
  • WAREHOUSE RETAIL
  • PETROLEUM/CONVENIENCE STORES
  • GROCERY
  • SMALL TICKET/RESTAURANTS
  • AIRLINES
  • HOTELS
  • E-COMMERCE
MAG Member Verticles
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The Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) addresses a broad range of payments issues with no limitations in scope. 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.

If you are a Merchant interested in membership, complete the interest form on this page and a MAG staff person will contact you.

 

Testimonials

  • "I realized immediately that MAG merchants and the MAG leadership are serious and committed to making a difference. I was sold on the MAG. As a new person to the payments industry I had an immediate network of industry contacts to help me with my questions about our industry and its complex issues. I also had experts available to explain to me the issues of the day through webinars. That’s how I learned the basics of payments as well as timely items like the ins and outs of the Visa Mastercard Settlement..."
    Greg Pellegrino, Director, Contracts and Systems Performance Phillips 66
  • “Three years ago I decided to accept a new role at Lowe’s involving credit card acceptance and reconciliation and having no previous experience in the industry I felt totally lost. Since that time the MAG has provided the background I needed to understand the complexities of credit card processing as well as best practices for interchange management and credit card chargebacks. In addition the ability to meet and brainstorm with other merchants on credit card issues has been invaluable. Thanks to the Merchant Advisory Group for providing these opportunities!”
    Sherry B. Macy, Director, Payment Card Operations Lowe's Companies, Inc.
The Merchant Advisory Group

Driving positive change and innovation in the payments industry that serves the merchants interest through collaboration, education, and advocacy.