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Antecedents and consequences of fast-food restaurant customers' perception of price fairness

Gurmeet Singh (School of Business and Management, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)
Neale J. Slack (School of Business and Management, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)
Shavneet Sharma (School of Business and Management, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)
Asheefa Shaheen Aiyub (School of Business and Management, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)
Alberto Ferraris (Management, Dipartimento di Management, Universita degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy) (Laboratory for International and Regional Economics, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 23 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study examines the influence of service quality dimensions (food quality, physical environment quality and employee service quality) and brand image of fast-food restaurants on price fairness and its consequence on customer retention.

Design/methodology/approach

This survey collected 331 responses using the public intercept method. Data analysis involved performing confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) on the measurement model, followed by structural equation modeling. Moderation analysis was performed using SPSS (model1 in process macro), while mediation was performed using model 4 in process macro.

Findings

Empirical results of this study revealed the positive effect of restaurant service quality dimensions on price fairness and price fairness on customer retention. It also revealed that brand image strengthened the restaurant service-quality/price fairness interrelationship, and that customer satisfaction partially mediated the price fairness/customer retention interrelationship.

Research limitations/implications

Findings of this study are useful to marketers and fast-food restaurateurs in establishing the right combination of service quality dimensions and brand image that increase perceptions of price fairness and increase customer satisfaction and retention.

Originality/value

This study contributes to advancing the theoretical foundations of customers' perceived price fairness and retention research, specifically in the understudied fast-food sector of emerging economies. It extends the application of the equity theory to expose the direct and indirect influences on customer perceived price fairness and customer retention. The findings provide a better understanding of price fairness perceptions.

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Citation

Singh, G., Slack, N.J., Sharma, S., Aiyub, A.S. and Ferraris, A. (2021), "Antecedents and consequences of fast-food restaurant customers' perception of price fairness", British Food Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-03-2021-0286

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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