• Conference Update

    Don’t miss the MAG’s 2021 Virtual Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum
    Andrea Rouse

    Don’t miss the MAG’s 2021 Virtual Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum

    Jan 14, 2021

    MAG’s Mid-Year Conference and Tech Forum are shaping up to be an exciting kickoff to 2021!

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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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  • Evolution in Payments

    Community Contributions Towards Positive Change
    Laura Townsend

    Community Contributions Towards Positive Change

    Dec 10, 2020

    As we come to the end of the calendar year, we should all look back and evaluate our contributions to our personal and professional development, including the investments we made in driving change personally and professionally with, of course, recognition to that which is within our control. What were your contributions in this challenging year of 2020, and where do you want to focus your efforts in 2021 in order to influence the future?

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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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  • CEO Update

    A Year of Opportunity
    John Drechny

    A Year of Opportunity

    Dec 3, 2020

    This year started with hope and promise no different from years prior, but it took a sudden and unexpected change, COVID-19, that has challenged us all in different ways. For some, the challenge has been centered around how to keep the country fed and employees safe. For others, it has been focused on how to keep businesses viable. In a matter of days, we were creating new business practices to serve our customers in ways we had not considered in the past while also accelerating pilots of new operational models to serve their expectations.

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  • Board Member Corner

    MAG Board Election Results
    Amy Sellheim

    MAG Board Election Results

    Dec 3, 2020

    The MAG 2020-2021 Board of Directors Election took place in August with the results announced during the Merchant Only Session at the 2020 virtual Annual Conference in October.

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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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  • Education

    The New Home for MAG Education Is Coming Soon
    Eric O’Brien

    The New Home for MAG Education Is Coming Soon

    Sep 2, 2020

    Change in payments is constant, and it is our mission at the MAG to keep you informed and educated on the latest developments in the industry. We are excited to announce additional resources to help you navigate our materials in an easy to use, streamlined experience!

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  • International Perspective

    How Open Banking is Disrupting Retail Banking – Except for Payments Markets
    Mark Falcon

    How Open Banking is Disrupting Retail Banking – Except for Payments Markets

    Mar 5, 2020

    Open Banking is the technology that enables non-bank financial firms - e.g. “fintechs” - to access consumer-authorized financial data, such as personal and business checking-account transaction data. Open banking is proclaimed as driving the fintech revolution, transforming retail banking, and disrupting the global payments market.

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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.