Multi-Channel Retailing and Customer Satisfaction: Implications for E-CRM

Multi-Channel Retailing and Customer Satisfaction: Implications for E-CRM

Patricia T. Warrington (Texas Christian University, USA), Elizabeth Gangstad (Purdue University, USA), Richard Feinberg (Purdue University, USA) and Ko de Ruyter (University of Maastricht, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-154-4.ch004
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Multi-channel retailers that utilize an e-CRM approach stand to benefit in multiple arenas by providing targeted customer service as well as gaining operational and competitive advantages. To that end, it is inherent that multi-channel retailers better understand how satisfaction—a necessary condition for building customer loyalty—influences consumers’ decisions to shop in one retail channel or another. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of shopping experience on customers’ future purchase intentions, both for the retailer and for the channel. Using a controlled experimental design, U.S. and European subjects responded to a series of questions regarding the likelihood making a future purchase following either a positive or negative shopping encounter. Results suggest that shopping intentions vary based on the shopping channel as well as cultural differences.
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Retailers are being advised that the future of retail will belong to those who execute seamless multi-channel access (Chu & Pike, 2002; Close, 2002; Johnson, 2004; Pastore, 2000; Thompson, 2003). The reason is quite simple—retailers must be where shoppers want them, when they want them…anytime, anywhere, and in multiple formats (Feinberg, Trotter, & Anton, 2000). If customers want to shop from a store, retailers must have a physical location; if customers want to shop over the telephone, retailers must be available by phone; if customers want to shop over the Internet, retailers must be accessible online. And, in the future, if customers want to shop via a wireless device, retailers must be available by wireless. Multi-channel access is considered one of the top 10 trends for all businesses in the next decade (Ernst & Young, 2003; Feinberg & Trotter, 2003; Levy & Weitz, 2003). Indeed, surveys show that consumers not only want multi-channel access, they expect it (Burke, 2000; Johnson, 2004).

Electronic customer relationship management (e-CRM) has the potential to enable retailers to better meet the needs of their customers across retail formats and, at the same time, maximize the strategic benefits of a multi-channel strategy. By effectively using modern information technology, retailers are able to offer shoppers the advantages of a one-to-one relationship, yet reap the profit savings that accrue from mass-market operating efficiencies (Chen & Chen, 2004). Customer retention lies at the heart of e-CRM. As such, e-CRM is increasingly viewed as vital to building and maintaining customer loyalty.

The research on e-CRM has been very conceptual in nature outlining research agendas and possible strategic models of the nature and scope of e-CRM (e.g., Parasuraman & Zinkham, 2002; Varadarajan & Yadav, 2002). The most recent review of the e-CRM literature suggests that we really know three things about e-CRM (Zeithaml, Parasuraman, & Malhotra, 2002).

  • 1.

    E-CRM is multidimensional and each study examines a “favorite” attribute it finds to be important. But, as yet, we do not know if ease of use, privacy, site design, or any of a variety of attributes is determinant of some e-CRM outcome.

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    Consumers really care about e-CRM after negative online shopping or service experiences. Consumers seem less concerned with e-CRM issues following routine Web interactions.

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    While there is anecdotal evidence to suggest e-satisfaction to be important for purchase, repurchase, and loyalty, the evidence is simply not empirical and/or strong.

In reading Zeithaml et al.’s (2002) review of the e-CRM literature, it appears that e-CRM is seen as an independent issue from other points (channels) of satisfaction. The conceptual point of this study is that e-CRM is part of a broader issue of customer satisfaction. What happens in the “e” channel, what happens in the store channel, and what happens in any other channel has an effect within the channel it occurs and in the retailer’s other channels.

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International Advisory Board
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Chapter 1
Keith F. Ward, Erik Rolland, Raymond A. Patterson
Proponents of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) suggest that a firm can develop a value creation relationship, such that an increase in... Sample PDF
Managing the Customer Relationship: A Framework for E-CRM Analysis
Chapter 2
Soumaya Ben Letaifa
This chapter examines how e-CRM has affected both organizational and individual behavior in a leading Canadian bank. The innovative and... Sample PDF
A New Conceptual Framework for Greater Success with Integration of E-CRM
Chapter 3
Tim Coltman
Most sectors of industry, commerce, and government have reported variation in the performance payoff from electronic customer relationship... Sample PDF
Managerial Discretion and E-CRM Performance
Chapter 4
Patricia T. Warrington, Elizabeth Gangstad, Richard Feinberg, Ko de Ruyter
Multi-channel retailers that utilize an e-CRM approach stand to benefit in multiple arenas by providing targeted customer service as well as gaining... Sample PDF
Multi-Channel Retailing and Customer Satisfaction: Implications for E-CRM
Chapter 5
Veronica Liljander, Pia Polsa, Kim Forsberg
Not until very recently has mobile phone technology become sophisticated enough to allow more complex customized programs, which enable companies to... Sample PDF
Do Mobile CRM Services Appeal to Loyalty Program Customers?
Chapter 6
Michael Shumanov
While the managerial rationale for adopting customer relationship management (CRM) has been fairly well articulated in the literature, research on... Sample PDF
Developing a Global CRM Strategy
Chapter 7
John Gallaugher
This article synthesizes and leverages two strategic frameworks when analyzing the true nature of strategy and the Internet: (1) the concept of... Sample PDF
Strategic Positioning and Resource-Based Thinking: Cutting Through the Haze of Punditry to Understand Factors Behind Sustainable, Successful Internet Businesses
Chapter 8
Savvas Papagiannidis
This chapter covers the concept of e-business models and how they relate to the music video and television environments. After identifying the value... Sample PDF
A Tale of E-Business Models: From the Music to the Television Industry
Chapter 9
Kirill M. Yurov
Healthcare technology markets have been recently identified as potential investment targets. Having survived a major environmental shock, the... Sample PDF
Strategic Maneuvering in Healthcare Technology Markets: The Case of Emdeon Corporation
Chapter 10
Olli Kuivalainen
The aim of this chapter is to provide a holistic exploration of the development of the business model of a magazine Web site, and of the factors... Sample PDF
Complementary Role of Website in Business Model Development
Chapter 11
Tobias Kollmann is a German B2C platform for different kinds of service and handcraft orders. Based on the concept of reverse auctions, demanders... Sample PDF
A Reverse Auction-Based E-Business Model for B2C Service Markets
Chapter 12
Denis Caro
The 21st century continues to witness the transformation of organizational systems globally through the deployment of Information and Communication... Sample PDF
Evolving E-Health Systems: Symbiotic Constructs Between Corporate and E-Healthcare Worlds in International Space
Chapter 13
Karl Knapp, Sushil K. Sharma, Kevin King
Offshore information technology (IT) outsourcing has been becoming mainstream alternative to inhouse operations. While offshore development is a... Sample PDF
Socio-Economic Impacts of Offshore Outsourcing of Information Technology
Chapter 14
Indrit Troshani
The eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) is an emerging XML-based standard which has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency... Sample PDF
Towards Theory Development for Emergent E-Business Innovations: Using Convergent Interviewing to Explore the Adoption of XBRL in Australia
Chapter 15
Bill Vassiliadis
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An Introduction to the Management and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
Chapter 16
Tagelsir Mohamed Gasmelseid
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Intelligent Contracting: An E-Supply Chain Management Perspective
Chapter 17
Jaeki Song, Eric A. Walden
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The Applicability of Network Effect Theory to Low-Cost Adoption Decisions: An Investigation of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Technologies
Chapter 18
Wen-Jang Jih
Two mutually reinforcing forces currently are at work to propel an upward spiraling in the business arena. As wireless communication technology... Sample PDF
An Empirical Analysis of Cellular Phone Users' Convenience Perception and Its Impact on Shopping Intention in Mobile Commerce
Chapter 19
Fang He
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