Customer’s loyalty and trial intentions within the retailer: the moderating role of variety-seeking tendency

Natalia Rubio (Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain)
Nieves Villaseñor (Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain)
Maria Jesús Yagüe (Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain)

Journal of Consumer Marketing

ISSN: 0736-3761

Publication date: 12 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of customer’s value to the retailer (CVR) from a marketing perspective. CVR is a broad concept that has two components: loyalty intentions to the retailer and intentions to try new products or brands that the retailer offers. This study proposes a theoretical model and considers the effect of three sources of CVR in consumer goods retailing: customer’s perceived functional service value, customer’s perceived private label brand (PLB) equity and customer’s perceived relationship value. The effects of the proposed antecedents are applied to two groups of customers: variety-seeking and non-variety-seeking consumers.

Design/methodology/approach

The questionnaire surveys were administered to customers of five retail firms with a nationwide presence in Spain (Carrefour, Auchan, Eroski, Mercadona, and El Corte Inglés). A total of 742 valid questionnaires was obtained.

Findings

The results show that the key differences between variety seekers (VS) and non-variety seekers (NVS) are imposed by PLB equity, which has a stronger relationship to both components of CVR for VS than for NVS. Relationship value has a stronger relationship to intention to try new products or brands for NVS than for VS. Finally, functional service value has a stronger relationship to intention to try new products or brands for VS than for NVS.

Practical implications

The results obtained for both groups have significant implications for segmentation and management of differentiated marketing strategies based on consumers’ characteristics (variety-seeking tendency).

Originality/value

This study establishes a new concept and measurement of CVR as determined by the customer him/herself. The paper provides a comprehensive analysis of how the relative importance of service, PLBs and relationships affect CVR. Finally, despite the fact that contemporary consumers tend to seek variety, the variety-seeking profile has not been used to date as a moderating variable in studies of CVR.

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Acknowledgements

Erratum: It has come to the attention of the publisher that the article, Natalia Rubio, Nieves Villaseñor (2019) “Customer’s loyalty and trial intentions within the retailer: the moderating role of variety-seeking tendency”, Journal of Consumer Marketing, https://doi.org/10.1108/JCM-10-2017-2391 omitted the author María Jesús Yagüe. This error was introduced in the editorial process and has now been corrected in the online version. The publisher sincerely apologises for this error and for any inconvenience caused.

The authors acknowledge the financial support ECO 2015-69103-R and CEMU-2012-034.

Citation

Rubio, N., Villaseñor, N. and Yagüe, M.J. (2019), "Customer’s loyalty and trial intentions within the retailer: the moderating role of variety-seeking tendency", Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 36 No. 5, pp. 620-632. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCM-10-2017-2391

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