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The effect of service quality on customer satisfaction and loyalty and the mediating role of customer satisfaction: supermarkets in Fiji

Slack, Neale J. and Singh, Gurmeet (2020) The effect of service quality on customer satisfaction and loyalty and the mediating role of customer satisfaction: supermarkets in Fiji. The TQM Journal, 32 (3). pp. 543-558. ISSN 1754-2731

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    Abstract

    Purpose – The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of service quality on customer satisfaction and loyalty and the mediating role of customer satisfaction in the supermarket sector. Design/methodology/approach–In total,480 supermarket customers participated in an intercept survey in four urban centres of Fiji. Descriptive statistics were used to determine the level of service quality provided by supermarkets, and inferential statistics to determine the gap between customer’s service quality expectations and perceptions and to test the research hypotheses. Findings– Thefindingsindicateservicequalityofsupermarketsisperceivedasbeingunsatisfactory,service quality significantly affects customer satisfaction and loyalty and customer satisfaction partially mediates the relationship between service quality and customer loyalty reducing customer’s perceptions of service quality, leading to lower customer loyalty. Practical implications – This study provides an indication as to where supermarkets should target their marketing attention and scarce corporate resources and may help in their efforts to service, satisfy, retain and attract more long-term loyal customers in the increasingly competitive supermarket sector.This research could inform government policy makers in sequencing the supermarket sector transformation and assist local supermarkets to adapt to this changing retail landscape. Originality/value – This study advances our understanding of the effect of service quality on customer satisfaction and loyalty and the mediating role of customer satisfaction in the supermarket sector.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > Graduate School of Business
    Depositing User: Gurmeet Singh
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2020 11:02
    Last Modified: 22 May 2020 11:02
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12142
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