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Measuring Customer Service Experience in Offline and Online Retail Environments

Version 1 : Received: 8 February 2021 / Approved: 10 February 2021 / Online: 10 February 2021 (10:25:58 CET)

How to cite: Chu, K. Measuring Customer Service Experience in Offline and Online Retail Environments. Preprints 2021, 2021020250 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0250.v1). Chu, K. Measuring Customer Service Experience in Offline and Online Retail Environments. Preprints 2021, 2021020250 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0250.v1).

Abstract

Spectacular shifts have been led to by The COVID-19 crisis in consumer behavior. Retailers will have to work hard to meet ever-evolving customer service experience with respect to the ways in which it may be differently affected by offline or online transactions in order to win and stay relevant. We suggest an integrative framework and construct customer service experience hypotheses, based on its antecedents and consequences that will contribute to academic study as well as managerial implications. The hypotheses are tested by a simultaneous equation model employing two data sets of the retail industry's offline and online customers. In this study, 571 samples of these businesses, 319 and 252 respondents from offline and online retail channels, respectively, were collected by means of an online web survey of consumers. The results show that the impact of consequences and antecedents of CSX differs based on the media utilized. The integrative framework of CSX in its online medium is far more effective than its explanatory power offline. The outcomes are reasonably counterintuitive in so far as they demonstrate that while most elements of CSX where a service is selected offline is the same in terms of customer loyalty and value equity, the emotional element related to the service provider is higher when the service is selected offline rather than online. These outcomes indicate that, contrary to popular fears, the online medium enables firms to develop a loyal customer foundation. These findings offer perceptivity into how an online channel could be used to better complement the offline channel, contributing towards new knowledge and understanding on CSX and how it may be utilized for managerial decision-making.

Subject Areas

Customer Service Experience; Multichannel Retailing; Customer Journeys; Customer Equity

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