• Evolution in Payments

    The Magnetic Stripe Retirement Plan is Real!
    Laura Townsend

    The Magnetic Stripe Retirement Plan is Real!

    Oct 8, 2021

    In the summer of 2020 I had suggested the major underperformer of magnetic stripe call it a day and retire. As more modern, relevant, and better performing technologies come to market, we need to embrace them and let go of the non-performers.

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  • CEO Update

    Cryptocurrency, Stable Coin and Central Bank Digital Currency, Oh My
    John Drechny

    Cryptocurrency, Stable Coin and Central Bank Digital Currency, Oh My

    Sep 16, 2021

    You can’t open the news without reading a story on cryptocurrencies, but how will it affect the future of payments? While the environment is changing daily, I hope this article will give you an overview of the different types of digital currencies and how they may develop from a payments acceptance perspective.

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  • Payments Technology

    MAG Tech Forum Provides Unique Opportunity for Payments IT Professionals to Learn and Network
    Robert Savage

    MAG Tech Forum Provides Unique Opportunity for Payments IT Professionals to Learn and Network

    Aug 19, 2021

    As a new Director of Tech Engagement at MAG, I am excited to bring my learnings, knowledge and experience to our merchant members and sponsors. We will expand our Tech Forum offerings, digging deeper into best practices for infrastructure, product integration, security, vendor selection, and many other areas of payments technology. Expanding the scope of analysis and information, as well as finding more opportunities to engage with product development, will further merchants’ ability to evolve and adapt, and I look forward to our journey together.

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  • International Perspective

    Here’s Why Account Takeover is Trending and What to Do About It
    Ben Laurie

    Here’s Why Account Takeover is Trending and What to Do About It

    Aug 13, 2021

    Fraud losses continue to rise, and account takeover is leading the pack. As criminals become more sophisticated, so too must the methods you use to stop them.

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  • Education

    Leveraging Merchant Payments 101 to standardize global payments education: A conversation with Brad Timbes, ExxonMobil
    Leah Collins

    Leveraging Merchant Payments 101 to standardize global payments education: A conversation with Brad Timbes, ExxonMobil

    Jul 30, 2021

    Onboarding is important because it acclimates employees to their role, the company's philosophies, and what the company has to offer. It also engages employees, creating workers that are committed to the company's success and helps retain new hires by making them feel like a member of the team.

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  • Innovate Now

    The Importance of Analyzing and Assessing Data
    Eric O'Brien

    The Importance of Analyzing and Assessing Data

    Jul 21, 2021

    As merchants payments acceptance evolves, data collection and analysis is becoming more critical than ever. Join the MAG’s efforts to educate merchants on payments data through our newest Community of Practice.

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  • Membership Update

    MAG Benefits – Taking a closer look at the MAG’s Learning Center.
    Kari Hartley

    MAG Benefits – Taking a closer look at the MAG’s Learning Center.

    Jun 10, 2021

    MAG Merchant Members and Sponsors join the Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) for many different reasons. Payments education and resources, networking with industry peers, and staying on top of payments developments are among the top of the list for most. The value MAG provides in these areas is likely the reason MAG enjoys high membership and sponsorship retention year after year.

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  • Conference Update

    Flexibility is the Name of the Game for the MAG 2021 Annual Conference and Tech Forum
    Andrea Rouse

    Flexibility is the Name of the Game for the MAG 2021 Annual Conference and Tech Forum

    Jun 4, 2021

    As the world takes steps to return to normal, the MAG is doing its part as well! We are offering our upcoming 2021 MAG Annual Conference and Tech Forum in multiple formats to reach as many payments professionals as possible and allow everyone to attend in the way that is most convenient for them.

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  • What's up in Washington

    How does payments policy fit into the 2021 agenda?
    Beth Provenzano

    How does payments policy fit into the 2021 agenda?

    Apr 23, 2021

    I was on a conference call recently when I realized I have advocated on payments policy for retailers in various roles for a decade as of this April. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?

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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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  • 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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MAG MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

Stronger Together

The MAG holds so many key purposes and opportunities for our members: education, advocacy, networking, collaboration, and the list goes on. All of these are important to ensure the merchant community understands the issues facing us in the industry as well as the implications behind industry changes that can otherwise seem benign.

MAG SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT

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The Merchant Advisory Group

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