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Premium versus affordable clothing retailers: what are customer expectations for satisfaction and repurchase intentions?

Nicole Cunningham (Department of Marketing Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Christine De Meyer-Heydenrych (Department of Marketing Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 4 February 2021

Issue publication date: 8 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Within the highly competitive clothing retail industry, retailers (both affordable and premium) need to consider which customer experience elements drive customer satisfaction and repurchase intentions. The purpose of this study is to determine whether customer expectations are different for various types of clothing retailers, and what customers specifically expect when purchasing from a retailer.

Design/methodology/approach

For this study, a positivistic quantitative research design and a non-probability convenience sampling method were used. A total of 222 useable questionnaires were used to conduct descriptive statistics. Confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modelling and multi-group analysis were run to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The results indicate that customers expect affordable retailers to provide them with convenience and to create a positive shopping experience, while premium clothing retailers should offer added-value and convenience. In addition, the presence of other customers influences the experience. For both groups, satisfaction was a predictor of loyalty, which, in turn, was a predictor of repurchase intentions.

Originality/value

The study is unique as it compares the customer expectations for satisfaction and repurchase intentions for both affordable retailers and premium retailers. The study is conducted in an emerging market context where the growth of the retailing industry is visible. By conducting this study, both affordable and premium clothing retailers are more informed with regards to their customer's expectations and how those expectations should be managed in order to ensure satisfaction and repurchase intention.

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Citation

Cunningham, N. and De Meyer-Heydenrych, C. (2021), "Premium versus affordable clothing retailers: what are customer expectations for satisfaction and repurchase intentions?", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 49 No. 6, pp. 752-771. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-07-2020-0265

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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