The impact of consumer green behaviour on green loyalty among retail formats: A Romanian case study

Dan-Cristian Dabija, Brîndusa Mariana Bejan, David B. Grant

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Abstract

Customer loyalty has become a growing concern for companies. Customer loyalty enables companies to outperform competitors and better satisfy customers’ needs and desires. People today are increasingly interested in buying green or sustainable products, pursuing responsible consumption, getting involved in environment protection activities, and preserving resources. These key elements of sustainability have become a key element in retailer strategies for approaching customers, being a strategy encompassing both communication and well-structured offers of sustainable, green and environmentally friendly products to gain customers’ loyalty and assist them in adopting responsible (green) consumption behaviour. However, this may not be the case in all retail markets and this paper investigates these issues in the context of the emerging European economy of Romania. A quantitative survey was conducted of over three thousand respondents in four major retail segments. Using structural equation modelling the authors reveal that Romanian retailers are concerned with drawing customers and gaining their loyalty by adopting strategies based on the principles of sustainability. The results obtained reveal that in this emerging market behaviour antecedents differ across the analyzed retail formats in building green loyalty, which represents a challenge for retailers in their attempt to draw, satisfy and bind consumers to their retail formats and retail stores. At the same time, there is also a growing awareness of green aspects among Eastern Europeans, even if they have been challenged with sustainability issues and the need to adopt green behaviour more recently than their Western counterparts.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalMoravian Geographical Reports
Volume26
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)173-185
Number of pages13
ISSN1210-8812
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17.10.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • green behaviours
  • responsible consumption
  • sustainable products
  • green loyalty
  • retail formats
  • Romania

Sustainable Development Goals

  • GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • GOAL 13: Climate Action

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics

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