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MAG Membership News: 2017 Brings Record Growth for the MAG (MAG Quarterly- Volume Five, Issue Four)

By Kari Hartley, Director of Member Services, Merchant Advisory Group

December 7, 2017

The MAG has experienced a record breaking year with the on-boarding of many new members and sponsors.   

We have welcomed 24 new merchants bringing the total to 134 merchant members-a 21% increase from 2016.   We have also welcomed 10 new sponsors and we thank them for their generous support.  MAG’s merchant community impact is reaching new levels. MAG merchants account for over $3.3 Trillion in annual sales at over 900,000 locations across the U.S. and online.  Roughly $2.6 Trillion of those sales and over 66 Billion card payments are electronic which represents approximately 59%* of total U.S. card volume.  MAG members employ over 12 million associates.  
*Source of Total U.S. card volumes:  Federal Reserve Payments Study 2016

Since September, the MAG has welcomed Kering Americas, Inc. as a new member and new Silver Sponsor Index; new Gold Sponsor FreedomPay; and new Platinum Sponsor Whitepages Pro. The MAG will bring members and sponsors together at the upcoming 2018 Mid-Year Conference in Phoenix, AZ which will focus on Payments Strategies, Digital Payments, Tokenization, Fraud and Emerging issues. We hope you can join us!

Your active member involvement and sponsorship of MAG educational programs and activities fuels our efforts to address emerging issues and champion merchant interests in this time of continuous change in the payments industry. The MAG has passionate and engaged members and sponsors and we thank you for your contributions. Make sure to view the 2017 Annual Report(link to the report) to read about all that we have achieved in 2017. We look forward to more accomplishments as we move into 2018.

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