March 26, 2020
Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) members value the opportunities provided to stay connected, engaged and informed of important payments news and MAG resources. Are you getting the most out of your membership? 

Read below to learn how you can take advantage of more benefits.
The Card-on-File and 8-Digit BIN Communities of Practice have concluded with publication of Merchant Readiness Guides!

Built to help merchants navigate their own implementations and prepare for the changes coming with specific vertical considerations. The guides also provide FAQs, key terms and acronyms.
Developing a Comprehensive
Payments Strategy

Merchants are facing increasing complexity as consumer preferences, shopping trends, and payment form factors evolve. Deciding what constitutes a successful payments strategy and knowing where to begin can be overwhelming, but it shouldn't be. 
The ACH: Today & Tomorrow

This session provides an overview of how payments flow through the ACH Network, and the roles and responsibilities of everyone who touches an ACH payment and d etails how merchants and businesses are using ACH innovations to support customer loyalty and lower the cost of payments.
Webinars are excellent educational tool covering a variety of topics and can be viewed long past their original release date.

Did you know the MAG has past webinars on topics including trends in chargebacks and fraud, digital wallets, legal developments, transaction routing and much more? Members can access archived webinars by logging in and clicking on Member Resources .
Where Are All These Chargebacks Coming From?

After the buying frenzy of the holidays is over, many merchants see their chargebacks increase significantly over the next few months due to the lag in reporting and the chargeback process.
Payment and Fraud Optimization

As fraud continues to evolve, there is an ongoing need to balance approval rates with risk management. This session is designed to empower payment teams and their acquirers to more effectively partner, unlock value and manage risk.
Register now for the next MAG Webinar

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT
 PINless debit technology enables merchants to process a debit card payment without the need for the customer to enter a PIN. Whether you are already utilizing PINless debit, or currently evaluating the business case, this webinar will provide you with the key information you need to understand the basics of PINless debit, the opportunities it can offer, and the steps you can take to get started.

  • Overview of PINless debit innovation in the market
  • The opportunity PINless debit can offer and the barriers to adoption
  • What steps you can take to get started now
Miss the Mid-Year SIG meetings? Notes have now been published in the MAG Member Resource Area.

The most common feedback on SIGS is “MORE SIGS!”

We heard you and are excited to announce that all of the SIGS will now have a standard call between the Mid-Year and Annual Conferences to continue the great discussions!

Be on the lookout for information on the upcoming Summer SIG sessions!
The series explains merchants' perspective on important payments issues, such as challenges with payments acceptance and what's coming next.

We encourage you to share these short videos with executives and colleagues within your companies!
Have a passion for Education? Want to help decide on educational topics, and have a direct hand in shaping our educational programs? Join the Education Committee! Please reach out to Eric O’Brien .

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The Merchant Advisory Group (MAG) was founded in 2008 by a small visionary group of merchants in the payments field dedicated to driving positive change in payments through multi-stakeholder collaboration. The MAG represents 150 of the largest U.S. merchants which account for over $4.4 Trillion in annual sales at over 450,000 locations across the U.S. and online. Roughly $3.9 Trillion of those sales and over 113 Billion card payments are electronic which represents approximately 59%* of total U.S. card volume. MAG members employ over 14 million associates.

*Source of Total U.S. card volumes: Federal Reserve Payments Study 2016

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