The influence of quality on satisfaction and customer loyalty with an importance-performance map analysis: Exploring the mediating role of trust
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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to verify the existence of loyalty among fast-food customers and its dependence on fast-food service quality, comprising service quality, food quality and store atmosphere. This study also examines the direct and mediating role of constructs such as satisfaction and trust in creating loyalty in fast-food restaurants (FFRs). Design/methodology/approach: A sample of 456 fast-food customers was collected using a structured questionnaire. This paper uses partial least squares path modeling to test and validate the study’s research model and hypotheses. Findings: The results suggest that fast-food service quality has a positive influence on satisfaction, trust and loyalty among fast-food customers. The findings also reveal a mediating effect of trust (partial mediation), increasing the effect of satisfaction on loyalty. Practical implications: This study reinforces the importance of considering the attributes that influence customer loyalty. Specifically, food quality is considered key to increasing loyalty among FFR customers. Originality/value: This study proposes an integrated model influenced by three factors that contribute to fast-food service quality (i.e. food quality, service quality, atmosphere) along with classical variables used in the marketing literature (i.e. satisfaction, trust) in the creation of FFR loyalty. This study also follows modern procedures in PLS-SEM by challenging conventional methods. © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited.
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