SOURCE: Merchant Risk Council

Merchant Risk Council

March 09, 2011 12:57 ET

MRC's European e-Commerce Payments and Risk Conference in Barcelona a Must-Attend Event for e- and m-Commerce Merchants

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - Even in today's difficult economic times, electronic commerce (e-Commerce) and mobile commerce (m-Commerce) are growing at breakneck speeds. Is your business prepared to take advantage of the benefits and mitigate the risks that come with this payment technology? If you hesitated, you should pay attention...

The Merchant Risk Council (MRC), a global, merchant-led trade association, has announced their Second European e-Commerce Payments and Risk Conference, to take place in Barcelona, 18-20 May, 2011. This conference brings together European and global merchants, solution providers, payment processors, and other industry stakeholders for a three-day event discussing the newest breakthroughs and innovations in reducing online payment fraud and improving risk management strategies in today's ever-changing world of technological advancements.

Topics will range from fraud prevention, to the newest ways for consumers to interact with retailers -- purchasing through mobile or internet channels. In order to address the diversity of merchant attendees, the MRC is offering specific sessions for the travel industry, digital content, physical goods, and online gaming. Newly added this year is a dynamic Fraud 101 training course for newcomers to fighting fraud online.

Sponsored by Chase Paymentech and Kount, the MRC European Conference boasts more than 30 hours of educational content and over 35 speakers from companies including Eurostar, HP/Snapfish, Amazon, Best Buy, Lego, eDreams, Microsoft, Visa, Symantec, and many more.

The MRC's e-Commerce Payments and Risk Conference is the only European conference to focus on networking and education for revenue improvement and operational excellence in e-Commerce payments and risk. "The MRC brings a unique opportunity to meet colleagues across a wide range of industries and locations facing the same challenges, and discover new ways to overcome them. It really does make a difference to the bottom line," says Catherine Tong, Head of Payments and Online Fraud Detection at Tesco.

The MRC has a strong, ten-year history in the United States helping merchants stay at the forefront of payments and risk strategies and technology. Over the past three years, MRC members have reported an average of 25% lower revenue loss and 24% less chargeback rates than similar non-member merchants.

During the summer of 2010, the MRC opened their European office in Madrid. "We are energized by the potential to have a positive impact on an even larger number merchants engaged in electronic commerce," says Nicolas Vedrenne, MRC European Managing Director.

The MRC's first European Conference in Amsterdam was a huge success, completely selling out prior to the event. With 92% of attendees reporting that they plan to attend the next event, the MRC expects this year's conference in Barcelona to sell out quickly as well.

"Having attended the MRC European Conference in Amsterdam -- and looking forward to Barcelona -- I was able to return to work with numerous grand ideas," said Mark Wilson, Fraud Control Manager at Addison Lee, "and having implemented some of them, I can say the benefits are tangible."

Visit the MRC website at to view the full Barcelona conference agenda. Stay tuned for details regarding the MRC's Fall 2011 event in Germany, Spring 2012 London event, and Fall 2012 event in Italy.

The MRC leads industry networking, education, benchmarking and advocacy programs designed to make electronic commerce more efficient, safe and profitable. Today, with the power of its member-base, the MRC is the leading trade association for managing payments, preventing online fraud and promoting secure e-Commerce.

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