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Exploring the influence of three types of grocery retailer loyalty programs on customer affective loyalty

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Loyalty programs have become a key tool in retailer marketing strategies. In order to manage client heterogeneity adequately, companies have implemented different types of programs: reward programs (RP), loyalty cards (LC) and VIP programs. This paper explores the effects of these three types of programs and provides a comparative analysis of the influence that these three types of programs have on the affective loyalty towards the retailer of customers participating in them. Results show that VIP programs are the most effective in achieving customer affective loyalty, whilst people taking part in reward programs and loyalty card schemes evidence no differences in their affective loyalty towards the store. It can thus be concluded that clients who are loyalty card holders do not value the intangible rewards (preferential treatment) they receive from the store.

Keywords: VIP program; affective loyalty; loyalty card; loyalty programs; reward program

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593969.2012.711254

Affiliations: Department of Business Administration, Marketing and Market Research,University of Valladolid, Valladolid,47011, Spain

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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