The Merchant Advisory Group

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


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


An improved and equitable payments ecosystem.

Membership Value

  • Meet your merchant counterparts and service providers to move your business forward and solve real-world problems you’re facing in payments acceptance.
  • Discuss current industry topics that your business peers across the retail community are grappling with where you can discuss strategies and practices for applying tools in today’s rapidly changing payments environment.
  • Learn from industry experts that provide the latest insights and innovative uses of new payment technologies through panel and keynote sessions, as well as networking opportunities.

MAG Members

  • Merchants 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.

Webinar Sneak Peek

MAG webinars are provided as a benefit to current MAG members and annual sponsors. Interested in learning what a MAG webinar is all about? You're in luck! 

Click the Webinar Sneak Peak callout to gain access to a few of the MAG's most highly rated webinars to give you a flavor of what its like to be a MAG member! 

Note: If you haven't already, you will need to create a free MAG account in order to view the webinars. It may take 1-2 business days for your account setup to be approved and webinar viewing access to be granted.

Membership Cost

$5,750 per year*

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

Membership Benefits:

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.

The MAG is built on partnership, and we seek to bring all parties together to address issues in a collaborative, effective manner. MAG merchants have the unique opportunity to network with their peers in other industry segments and to share their learnings and experiences.

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.

MAG members have exclusive access to the MAG Learning Center (MLC), your go-to location for past webinar recordings, conference session presentations, polling, educational session recordings, industry publications, member surveys, best practices, and additional tools, to help you educate new employees and manage your department.

Exclusive access to the MAG newsletter, webinars, research studies,, and surveys that provide valuable bench marking data and other pertinent information. The MAG has developed educational materials to help payments professionals at differing levels of expertise.

Ensure your voice is heard in the payments industry!

When you join the MAG, you regularly meet with the largest merchants in the world and work with the payments companies as one cross-industry merchant voice. Together, merchants gain momentum on initiatives that support positive change.

Our membership represents the country’s most knowledgeable and well informed merchant payments experts who actively share best practices, debate issues, and advocate for positive change with other payment ecosystem stakeholders.

As a MAG member you’re joining a strong organization based on prioritization of merchant interests. The MAG brings all stakeholders involved in an issue together, so operational challenges can be identified and effectively acted on through collaboration and advocacy efforts.

Whether you are new to the payments industry or an experienced payments professional, the MAG provides valuable resources exclusively to members, including timely articles on payments industry developments, advocacy efforts, member and sponsor perspectives, which are available through the MAG Website, the MAG Newsletter, Payments News, Webinar Recordings, and Best Practices Surveys.

The MAG membership offers many valuable benefits. Add your name to the membership roster today!


  • "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
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  • Alon Brands, Inc.
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  • Best Buy
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  • BP
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  • The Cheesecake Factory Inc.
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  • Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • CHS Inc.
  • Circle K
  • CITGO Petroleum Corp
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  • Compass Group
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  • Cox Enterprises, Inc.
  • CVS Caremark
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Delta Airlines
  • Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
  • Digital River
  • Dillard's Inc.
  • Discount Tire
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree Stores
  • Domino's
  • eBay
  • EG America
  • Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
  • Etsy
  • Expedia Group
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fanatics
  • Fareway Stores, Inc.
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc.
  • Foot Locker, Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Gap Inc.
  • Giant Eagle, Inc.
  • GROWMARK, Inc.
  • HEB
  • HMSHost Corporation
  • Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
  • The Home Depot
  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Hyatt Shared Service Center
  • IKEA
  • Insparx GmbH
  • Inspire Brands
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Jaco Oil Company
  • Kering Americas, Inc.
  • Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.
  • The Kroger Co.
  • Kum & Go
  • Kwik Trip Inc.
  • Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
  • Macy's
  • Marathon Petroleum Company LP
  • Maritz LLC
  • Maverik Inc.
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Meijer, Inc.
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Michaels Stores
  • Microsoft
  • Murphy Oil USA, Inc.
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • The Neiman Marcus Group
  • Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Nordstrom
  • Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
  • Office Depot
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Panera Bread
  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • Phillips 66
  • Pilot Flying J
  • Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • PVH Corp
  • QuikTrip Corporation
  • Racetrac Petroleum, Inc.
  • Red Lobster
  • Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
  • Rent-A-Center
  • Restaurant Brands International
  • Rite Aid Corporation
  • Ross Stores, Inc.
  • Royal Caribbean Group
  • Sears
  • Sheetz, Inc.
  • Shell Oil Products Company
  • Sinclair Oil
  • Sirius XM
  • Sixt Rent a Car
  • Southeastern Grocers, LLC
  • Southwest Airlines Company
  • Speedway LLC
  • Square, Inc.
  • Staples, Inc.
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Sunoco
  • Target
  • Tenerity LLC
  • Texas Instruments
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Thorntons Inc.
  • Ticketmaster
  • Tiffany and Company
  • TJX
  • T-Mobile
  • Topco Associates LLC
  • U-Haul International Inc.
  • Under Armour
  • UNFI
  • Universal Orlando
  • UPS
  • US Postal Service
  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • Verizon Communications
  • VF Corporation
  • Victoria's Secret & Co.
  • Wakefern Food Corp.
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Wawa, Inc.
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • The Wendy’s Company
  • Whataburger
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Yum! Brands, Inc.
The Merchant Advisory Group

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