• Policy Perspective

    CFPB Activites
    Josh Pynn

    CFPB Activites

    Jan 30, 2024

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has created a flurry of activity in the past 12 months regarding topics such as open banking, excessive banking fees, and their most recent proposal looks to bring additional oversight to digital wallets currently operating in the U.S. What does this new proposal mean for wallet providers, merchants, and consumers alike?

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  • Innovate Now

    Payments Orchestration – Why go there?
    Bryan Penny

    Payments Orchestration – Why go there?

    Jan 25, 2024

    This article is not intended to be a history lesson in payments, but it is important to revisit a few innovations to bring the topic of payments orchestration along. Before the history lesson, we need to define payments orchestration. Generally, this is a process that can be developed either internally or with a partner to allow for the use of multiple payment processors, technologies, or acquirers to optimize the payments process and customer experience.

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  • Education

    Need a Professional Development Boost? Let the MAG help!
    Leah Colllins

    Need a Professional Development Boost? Let the MAG help!

    Jan 23, 2024

    As a MAG merchant member, there are many opportunities to advance your payments career and expand your knowledge through our professional development resources. Do you lead a team? Use our resources to amplify your team’s performance and build the momentum to move your business forward!

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  • Conference Update

    Don’t Miss MAG’s First Ever Payments MAGnified!
    Andrea Rouse

    Don’t Miss MAG’s First Ever Payments MAGnified!

    Jan 18, 2024

    As announced at our last conference, MAG’s February event has undergone changes to not only differentiate our bi-annual conferences but also to continue to evolve in the best direction for our payments community.

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  • International Perspective

    MAG APAC Summit 2023
    Paul Tunstall

    MAG APAC Summit 2023

    Jan 16, 2024

    The Merchant Advisory Group's 2023 APAC Summit on 1-2 November in Singapore proved to be an extraordinary event! It’s remarkable how it has rapidly grown, despite only being our second annual summit in the APAC region.

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  • CEO Update

    2024 MAG’s Strategic Objectives
    John Drechny

    2024 MAG’s Strategic Objectives

    Jan 10, 2024

    2023 saw a lot of exciting changes in the payments industry, and it’s likely to be another busy year ahead. Planning a successful strategy requires all areas of the organization to work together towards common goals, and the MAG team is no different. Here’s a preview of some of the things you will see from the MAG in 2024.

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  • Advancing Payments

    Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Migration to Chip Cards - The First of Many Hills to Climb
    Kelly Andrus

    Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Migration to Chip Cards - The First of Many Hills to Climb

    Jan 2, 2024

    In late Spring 2023, industry partners began collaborating on an updated ISO spec used for EBT cards to accommodate a migration to chip technology. Sounds easy, right? Most merchants have upgraded to chip card terminals by now, so what's one more card with a chip on it? Many of us active in payments during the initial EMV migration still bear the scars.

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  • Payments Technology

    When Less is More, the EMVCo C-8 Contactless Kernel
    Steve Cole

    When Less is More, the EMVCo C-8 Contactless Kernel

    Dec 6, 2023

    In October of 2022, EMVCo published a new specification for a contactless kernel. While that may be a yawn-inducing announcement for many people, the potential significance of this specification should not be overlooked.

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  • Membership Update

    Exciting News for MAG Merchant Members in 2024!
    Kristi Simonett

    Exciting News for MAG Merchant Members in 2024!

    Dec 4, 2023

    As the year draws to a close, we at the Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support as a valued merchant member throughout the past year.

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  • Board Member Corner

    An Inside Look from A MAG Board Member!
    Ken Grogan

    An Inside Look from A MAG Board Member!

    Dec 1, 2023

    The MAG asked Board Member Director Ken Grogan of Wakefern Food Corp. about his journey through his payments profession and his long-time involvement with the MAG.

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  • Sponsorship Update

    2024 MAG Sponsorship Restructure: Explained
    Chris Storbeck

    2024 MAG Sponsorship Restructure: Explained

    Oct 17, 2023

    On September 10, 2023, we hosted our MAG members and sponsors in Atlanta, Georgia, for our 2023 Annual Conference and Tech Forum. It was the perfect celebration of the MAG’s 15-year anniversary and was our largest conference yet – with over 1,100 attendees. Prior to the conference, we announced a new sponsorship structure, which will go into effect on January 1, 2024.

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MAG MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

From Student to Teacher in Payments

New to Payments? Immerse yourself in the MAG and you will be on the stage sharing your knowledge in no time!

MAG SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT

Shift4 —  Why Take a Multi-Acquirer Approach?

Traditionally, merchants would engage a single payment processor for all acquiring needs. However, evolving global requirements and market dynamics have led to a shift, with merchants increasingly opting for multiple providers. Even when a single acquirer could handle a merchant's domestic processing requirements, there are compelling reasons for diversification.
The Merchant Advisory Group

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