It’s that time of year! Payments professionals from around the world will converge on Las Vegas for the biggest show and conference in the industry. TRANSACT is focused solely on the business of payments technology and is powered by the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the world’s largest payments industry trade group. TRANSACT is the place where financial institutions, networks, payments companies, FinTech, and technology innovators gather to make the deals that shape the industry.

Will you be attending this year’s event? If so, below are five things that you definitely won’t want to miss at TRANSACT 2018!

TRANSACT is famous for the many networking opportunities that are made available throughout the course of the conference. Golf tournament? Check. Special lounge reserved for C-level executives? You bet. Receptions and parties galore? Oh yeah – from the opening day and the First-Time Attendee Reception sponsored by National Merchants Association, to the Young Payments Professionals and ISV receptions and even the all-attendee party, there are plenty of chances to mix and mingle with your peers at TRANSACT.

Biometric + Identity Zone
Next-generation authentication is here! Presented by the International Biometrics Identity Association (IBIA), the Biometric + Identity Zone will highlight the significant advances in biometrics that are not only improving safety, but also enabling frictionless commerce. Security and simplicity is the name of the payments game going forward. This dedicated area will focus on fighting fraud and ensuring that customers have access to safe, convenient, and secure payments options through biometric authentication.

Contactless Zone
New for 2018, a designated area of the showroom floor will be dedicated to contactless payments. Contactless payments offer simplicity, speed, better security, and additional opportunities for innovation. Payments professionals will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the impact this technology will have on the payments industry. The future of payments is largely contactless and it’s here now!

Visa President’s Dinner & Star Awards Gala
Join your colleagues for the most prestigious affair in the payments industry: the Visa President’s Dinner & Star Awards Gala. Enjoy a celebratory evening, which will begin with a cocktail reception followed by a gourmet dinner and awards presentation. The ETA Star Awards recognize and showcase individuals and companies that have made a significant difference in the payments industry, whether through innovation, business practices, advocacy, or other contributions to the association. Spoiler alert: National Merchants Association is nominated as a finalist for two awards and an NMA employee is a finalist for a third award!

For unique and innovative advancements in the payments industry, TRANSACT is the most comprehensive annual conference. There’s no shortage of impactful messages and important takeaways from the many keynotes and presentations. From the latest news in ground-breaking POS technology to the future of commerce and the advances being made in the world of person-to-person payments, you’re guaranteed to gain a wealth of valuable knowledge at any or all of the speaking sessions.


Going to TRANSACT 2018? We’ll see you there! Stop by booth #404 to discuss all things payments and mingle with our experts or say hi at any of the NMA-sponsored events!