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Examining retail customer experience and the moderation effect of loyalty programmes

Lin, Z.; Bennett, D.

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D. Bennett


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the construct of retail customer experience (CE) and its links to satisfaction and loyalty; and to test whether loyalty programmes perform a moderating effect on those links. Design/methodology/approach – A variety of retail attributes are integrated to develop a holistic CE construct using formative measures, with four in-built, differentiated replication studies conducted in the supermarket and department store sectors in China. Findings – The empirical results confirm the model of CE’s impact on customer satisfaction and loyalty; but reveal that loyalty programmes perform an insignificant moderating role in enhancing the linkages in the model. Research limitations/implications – Further studies may examine whether our findings hold true for each individual loyalty programme. The paper calls for more studies based on multiple, in-built, differentiated replication studies and measures to encourage publication of negative empirical results so as to ensure empirical generalization and self-correction in the literature. Practical implications – Retail managers should focus attention on the design and delivery of great CE, without placing great reliance on loyalty programmes. Both cognitive and emotional attributes of retailing services should be considered for managing a holistic CE. Originality/value – The paper examines a model of CE with loyalty programme as a possible moderator; it uses formative measures of CE, multiple in-built replications and reports negative empirical results, which are critical to the development of scientific progress in retail management research.


Lin, Z., & Bennett, D. (2014). Examining retail customer experience and the moderation effect of loyalty programmes. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 42(10), 929-947.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 11, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 7, 2014
Publication Date Oct 7, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2017
Journal International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management
Print ISSN 0959-0552
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 10
Pages 929-947
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