• 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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  • Membership Update

    Time to Renew Your MAG Membership for 2021!
    Kari Hartley

    Time to Renew Your MAG Membership for 2021!

    Dec 3, 2020

    The strength of the MAG membership enables us to provide you with many valuable benefits. As a MAG member you receive complimentary attendance to MAG conferences and exclusive access to educational resources.

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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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  • Evolution in Payments

    The New Normal in Payments
    Laura Townsend

    The New Normal in Payments

    Sep 2, 2020

    Although we can’t predict what the new normal will be quite yet, it is likely certain that consumers are developing shopping habits based on necessity in this current environment. What additional changes are needed to adapt to this shift in consumer lifestyle changes and different shopping patterns?

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  • What's up in Washington

    The Pandemic’s Impact on Coins in the U.S. and New Details on FedNow
    Beth Provenzano,

    The Pandemic’s Impact on Coins in the U.S. and New Details on FedNow

    Sep 2, 2020

    Coins are in short supply due to COVID-19, and we have joined with merchant trade association partners to request the Federal Reserve and Department of Treasury increase their public awareness efforts to #getcoinmoving. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve held a symposium in August where Governor Brainard and other officials shared more details about their plans for FedNow.

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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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  • 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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  • Conference Update

    MAG 2020 Annual Conference and
Tech Forum Going Virtual
    Amy Sellheim

    MAG 2020 Annual Conference and Tech Forum Going Virtual

    Jul 1, 2020

    It goes without saying that 2020 has proven to be a unique year, as COVID-19 has affected nearly every facet of life and business.

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  • Innovate Now

    Secure Remote Commerce and the SRCI
    Steve Cole

    Secure Remote Commerce and the SRCI

    Mar 5, 2020

    You may have noticed that every website you visit supports a variety of different checkout experiences. Some use PayPal, Visa Checkout, or Masterpass, but others use their own custom experiences. Often, this means you must re-enter the same details on many different websites.

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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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  • Board Chair Update

    New Decade, Lingering Issues
    Kathy Hanna

    New Decade, Lingering Issues

    Mar 5, 2020

    It’s the beginning of a new decade, and there is a feeling of excitement within the Board of Directors that MAG will continue to be on the forefront of the merchant’s voice in the payment industry. As we enter this new decade, I’m honored to be writing you for the first time as the Chair of the outstanding MAG board.

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MAG MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

Kroger’s Path to EMV at their Automated Fueling Dispenser

Multiple teams and vendors at Kroger spent three years of planning, development, and rollout to ensure its Fuel Dispenser EMV conversion was a success not just for the company, but for customers as well.

MAG SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT

Progressive Leasing —  What COVID-19 Taught Us About Lease-to-Own

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect the economic landscape, Lease-to-Own remains a stable and reliable option for many credit-challenged consumers.
The Merchant Advisory Group

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