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Modeling repurchase frequency and customer satisfaction for fast food outlets

Agnes K.Y. Law (Department of Management Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Y.V. Hui (Department of Management Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Xiande Zhao (Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

Although customer satisfaction and loyalty have attracted a lot of attention in service management research, relatively few studies have examined the impact of waiting time and service quality on customer satisfaction and repurchase frequency. In this study, we model the relationships between customer satisfaction, repurchase frequency, waiting time and other service quality factors in fast food outlets. The results indicate that waiting time and other service factors such as staff attitude, environment, seat availability and food quality significantly influence the customers’ return frequency. Results also show that waiting time, staff attitude, food quality and food variety all significantly affect customer satisfaction. It is also found that the significance of the relationship depends on the timing of the visits. These models will help managers to understand the critical factors that influence customer loyalty and satisfaction in the fast food industry and help them make improvements accordingly.

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Law, A.K.Y., Hui, Y.V. and Zhao, X. (2004), "Modeling repurchase frequency and customer satisfaction for fast food outlets", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 21 No. 5, pp. 545-563. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656710410536563

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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