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Structural relationship between food quality, usefulness, ease of use, convenience, brand trust and willingness to pay: the case of Starbucks

Joonho Moon (Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Republic of Korea)
Myungkeun Song (College of Business Administration, Dong-A University, Busan, Republic of Korea)
Won Seok Lee (Department of Tourism and Recreation, Kyonggi University, Suwon, Republic of Korea)
Ji Min Shim (Kyonggi University, Suwon, Republic of Korea)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 14 March 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the structural relationship among food quality, usefulness, ease of use, convenience, brand trust and willingness to pay. The technology acceptance model was used as the theoretical foundation of this work.

Design/methodology/approach

Amazon Mechanical Turk was used to recruit survey participants, and 436 valid observations were ultimately used for the analysis. In the data analysis, the structural relationships between variables were explored through structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results of hypothesis testing show that ease of use positively affects the usefulness of the Starbucks mobile application. Usefulness also exerts positive impacts on both brand trust and convenience. Moreover, brand trust is positively associated with food quality. Finally, willingness to pay is positively influenced by both convenience and brand trust.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature by not only validating the technology acceptance model using the Starbucks mobile application but also proposing food quality-related attributes in the domain of the café business.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2019S1A3A2098438).

Citation

Moon, J., Song, M., Lee, W.S. and Shim, J.M. (2023), "Structural relationship between food quality, usefulness, ease of use, convenience, brand trust and willingness to pay: the case of Starbucks", British Food Journal, Vol. 125 No. 1, pp. 65-81. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2021-0772

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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