Latent classes of service quality, logistics costs and loyalty

In this paper, the authors create a research model addressing the antecedents of loyalty: service quality and cost reductions. The data was collected from Finnish industrial companies, buyers of the logistics service provider's services in the B2B domain. They found that service performance influences loyalty, but establishing a cost performance-loyalty influence is more problematic. They suggest that buyer heterogeneity gives rise to an insignificant relationship between cost performance and loyalty. Hence, the authors have extended their work with finite mixture structural equation modelling to reveal latent groups and their background factors: perhaps for the first time in the domain of logistics research. The paper provides new insight into the opportunities for customer analysis and segmentation, with powerful, up-to-date methods that are gaining a growing reputation within the research community. They found two latent loyalty classes, and in addition, as traditional customer segmentation seems to be insufficient, they suggest factors which explain latent behavioural classes.


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  • Accession Number: 01574217
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2015 3:00PM