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Developing customer loyalty from e‐tail store image attributes

Zee‐Sun Yun (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Linda K. Good (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)

Managing Service Quality: An International Journal

ISSN: 0960-4529

Article publication date: 30 January 2007




The purpose of this paper is to investigate e‐tail store attributes that develop customers' positive perceptions of e‐tail store image, and determines whether or not they develop a sense of loyalty to an e‐tailer.


Acknowledging the importance of customer retention, this paper is designed to examine e‐customer loyalty intentions toward the e‐tailer. To understand the concept of loyalty toward an e‐tailer, this study focuses on the importance of the final stage of the customer decision‐making process: post‐purchase evaluation. This paper develops a model that describes the extent to which e‐tail store image (derived from a set of e‐tail store attributes) indicates patronage intentions and finally predicts customer loyalty. We use the structural equation modeling to test the model and hypotheses.


Results in this paper indicate that e‐tail store image is derived from e‐merchandise, e‐service, and e‐shopping atmosphere attributes, all of which support the way consumers shop. A favorable e‐tail store image positively influences e‐patronage intentions, which thus leads to e‐loyalty.


The research in this paper provides a conceptual model that will help e‐retailers better articulate how and why consumers may be e‐loyal shoppers. Second, the research identifies attributes, unique to online shopping that serve as the basis for conceptualizing e‐tail image as a second order factor.



Yun, Z. and Good, L.K. (2007), "Developing customer loyalty from e‐tail store image attributes", Managing Service Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 4-22.



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