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A factor analytical service quality measurement scale for supermarkets in South Africa

M Dhurup, PF Venter, A Oosthuyzen
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 8, No 2 | a1224 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v8i2.1224 | © 2014 M Dhurup, PF Venter, A Oosthuyzen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 September 2014 | Published: 20 October 2014

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M Dhurup, Vaal University of Technology
PF Venter, North-West University
A Oosthuyzen, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus

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Abstract

The interest on quality issues have increased and attracted much attention in the last two decades. Limited academic research has been done in measuring service quality in a supermarket context. The research study attempts to clarify the conceptualisation and measurement of service quality within a supermarket environment. Multiple stages in the development of an instrument to measure supermarket service quality are explored. Exploratory factor analysis was undertaken to establish the dimensionality of the supermarket service quality scale. Several factor solutions were considered. A three-factor structure (atmospherics, physical interaction and shopping convenience) consisting of 24 items is proposed to capture the dimensions of service quality. The implications for future research are outlined.


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