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The customer experience in Thailand's multichannel retail environments

Kedwadee Sombultawee (Department of Marketing, Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Thanchanok Tansakul (Department of Marketing, Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration

ISSN: 1757-4323

Article publication date: 4 April 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate cognitive and affective customer service in Thailand's maltichannel retail environment. The research used the stimulus–organism–response model of consumer behaviour. The study's theoretical framework incorporated the multichannel service quality framework (Sousa and Voss, 2006) and a decomposed measure of customer experience, including cognitive and affective customer experience (Gao et al., 2021). Outcomes investigated included repurchase intention and word-of-mouth intention.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative survey of Thai consumers (aged 18 and over) who had purchased from multichannel retailers at least one time in the past year (n = 502) was conducted. Data were collected online and analysed using a structural equation modelling approach.

Findings

Significant factors in cognitive customer experience and affective customer experience included breadth of channel choice, transparency of channel, content consistency and process consistency. Effects differed in strength on these effects. Cognitive customer experience and affective customer experience influenced repurchase intention and word-of-mouth intention, with a stronger effect from affective customer experience.

Originality/value

This research presents an integrative model for customer experience in multichannel marketing, incorporating a well-established model of multichannel service quality and a decomposed measure of customer experience. It also illustrates the difference between cognitive customer experience and affective customer experience, which have different effect sizes from antecedents and different effects on outcome variables. This finding is a significant theoretical advancement.

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Citation

Sombultawee, K. and Tansakul, T. (2023), "The customer experience in Thailand's multichannel retail environments", Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 117-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJBA-08-2021-0427

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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