• Evolution in Payments

    Trip Down Memory Lane
    Laura Townsend

    Trip Down Memory Lane

    Mar 23, 2021

    Does the U.S. payments industry learn from its experiences or will we experience a bit of Déjà vu come April 2021? Well, there are only a few weeks left to find out. Many of you have tried to forget the good times of 2015 when the EMV liability shift was upon us. Some of you may still be in a state of disbelief that was now almost six years ago! What?!? However, U.S. market chip trends suggest only three quarters of POS/ATM transactions are chip-on-chip six years later. Wait, there is more?...

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  • CEO Update

    The Evolving Alternative Payments Landscape
    John Drechny

    The Evolving Alternative Payments Landscape

    Mar 12, 2021

    The payments space has never been a static environment, and recently it has evolved even more rapidly with a hotbed of activity. Whether it is cryptocurrency, Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) or faster payments, there are many new choices coming to market which merchants need to consider for their checkout experience.

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  • Conference Update

    Engagement Opportunities and Educational Content Were Highlights at MYC21 and Tech Forum!
    Andrea Rouse

    Engagement Opportunities and Educational Content Were Highlights at MYC21 and Tech Forum!

    Mar 11, 2021

    MAG successfully hosted its second virtual event with the 2021 Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum.

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  • Board Member Corner

    Engage with the MAG to Drive Positive Change in Payments This Year!
    John Aglialoro

    Engage with the MAG to Drive Positive Change in Payments This Year!

    Mar 5, 2021

    I am honored to write to you today as one of the newest MAG board members. As we move into 2021, we have reason to be hopeful for a brighter tomorrow, as well as excited to be part of a payments industry that is advancing at an even faster pace into the 21st century.

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  • Education

    MAG Introduces Interactive Payments eLearning Course
    Leah Collins

    MAG Introduces Interactive Payments eLearning Course

    Mar 5, 2021

    The MAG has officially launched a first of its kind eLearning course, Merchant Payments 101! Not only was this an exciting endeavor for the MAG, but we believe it is an even more exciting resource for all stakeholders of the payments system and especially the merchant community.

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  • International Perspective

    Payments During the Pandemic: the Canadian Experience
    Karl Littler

    Payments During the Pandemic: the Canadian Experience

    Feb 17, 2021

    When asked to write a piece for this edition of MAG Insights, I first thought that there would be relatively little to say about Canada’s payments experience during the COVID-19 crisis that would differ from that of other countries. As it turns out, we do have a few twists and turns of our own, all of which, unfortunately, have tended to increase merchants’ payment-acceptance costs.

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  • Membership Update

    MAG offers merchant members many benefits!
    Kari Hartley

    MAG offers merchant members many benefits!

    Jan 8, 2021

    MAG offers a diverse offering of member benefits for our merchant members. Our education, networking with industry peers, and advocacy efforts are at the top of the list.

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  • What's up in Washington

    What’s Up in Washington: A Look Back at 2020 and What Happens Next
    Beth Provenzano

    What’s Up in Washington: A Look Back at 2020 and What Happens Next

    Dec 16, 2020

    2021 presents unique challenges as policymakers grapple with a pandemic and Presidential transition at the same time. These external factors could mean it takes extra effort and a longer amount of time to see payments policy changes through advocacy and educational efforts, but merchants should not be deterred.

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  • Board Chair Update

    MAG 2020 Year-in-Review
    Kathy Hanna

    MAG 2020 Year-in-Review

    Dec 9, 2020

    The date was February 11th, MAG was having the opening session of the Mid-Year Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, with hundreds of payment professionals gathered to network and learn about payment services, trends and initiatives that impact merchants’ customers and bottom line.

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  • Innovate Now

    Merchant Business Group Launched by W3C
    Nick Telford-Reed

    Merchant Business Group Launched by W3C

    Dec 9, 2020

    Web standards organization the World Wide Web consortium launches forum for online merchant requirements with discounted membership available for MAG members.

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  • Payments Technology

    CISO Fireside Chat “A View from the Hot Seat”
    Kacie Paine

    CISO Fireside Chat “A View from the Hot Seat”

    Sep 2, 2020

    Cybersecurity is more important than ever as people shift their behaviors in light of COVID. Several CISOs from merchant member companies will join Mastercard CISO Ron Green during MAG’s virtual Tech Forum on October 14 to discuss what keeps them up at night and how they address emerging security threats across their businesses.

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MAG MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

A Merchant's Point of View on the Value of Communities of Practice

Compared to many of my fellow payments professionals, I still consider myself a “newbie.” I found my way onto The Home Depot’s Financial Services team in 2016 where I helped transition our business and technology teams into product management and agile development.

MAG SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT

A Rise in Fraud Keeps Online Merchants on Toes. An overview of how fraud affects the digital goods industry and the industry solution

At the end of the day, it is inevitable: as e-commerce grows (booming amid our global crisis), so has fraud within the industry. As payments have moved online over the past two decades and increasingly the last 10 months, the fraudsters have followed close behind, exploiting the weaknesses of merchant security systems.
The Merchant Advisory Group

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