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Exploring the service quality in the e-commerce context: A triadic view

Exploring the service quality in the e-commerce context: A triadic view

Lin, Yong ORCID: 0000-0001-7118-2946 , Luo, Jing ORCID: 0009-0004-7818-4396 , Cai, Shuqin, Ma, Shihua and Rong, Ke (2016) Exploring the service quality in the e-commerce context: A triadic view. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 116 (3). pp. 388-415. ISSN 0263-5577 (doi:

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This paper aims to explore the quality factors influencing customer satisfaction in the e-commerce context using a triadic view of customer–e-retailer–3PL (third-party logistics) provider, and to investigate the impacts of service quality on customer satisfaction and loyalty in the e-retailing supply chain.


A literature review is used to determine the conceptual model and develop the measurement scales. Data is collected through a Web survey mainly conducted in China. Structural equation modeling is used to analyze the collected data and test the research hypotheses.


The results verify the proposed service quality framework, consisting of two dimensions (e-service quality and logistics service quality), in the e-commerce context. The results indicate that e-service quality and logistics service quality are strongly linked to customer satisfaction; that is, with e-service and logistics service, respectively. e-Service quality positively impacts customer satisfaction with logistics services, but logistics service quality negatively impacts customer satisfaction with e-services. Moreover, customer satisfaction with e-services is positively associated with customer loyalty for both e-services and logistics services. However, customer satisfaction with logistics services has no direct impact on related customer loyalty, and negatively impacts customer loyalty with e-services.

Research limitations/implications

The survey focuses only on China; future data should verify whether different cultural backgrounds will impact the research results.

Practical implications

The results show that e-retailers should not only focus on e-service quality, but also logistics service quality, which is critical to the success of e-commerce.


A two-dimensional (e-service and logistics) service quality framework is proposed and empirically assessed in the context of the e-retailing supply chain. These impacts of the path of service quality on customer satisfaction and loyalty are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply chain, Service quality, E-retailing, E-service, Logistics service, Customer satisfaction, Customer loyalty
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Connected Cities Research Group
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 13:05

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