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Investigating brand equity of third-party service providers

Grant, David; Juntunen, Jouni; Juga, Jari; Juntunen, Mari


David Grant

Jouni Juntunen

Jari Juga

Mari Juntunen


Purpose: This research applies theory and techniques from the services and marketing literature to a supply chain context consisting of a shipper or seller, a customer or buyer, and a third-party logistics service provider (3PL) to investigate corporate brand equity resulting from service quality, customer satisfaction and customer loyalty towards the 3PL. Design/methodology/approach: A conceptual model was developed from the literature and tested with Finnish industrial firms using an online survey. Data were analysed using structural equation modelling to examine relationships among the four constructs. Findings: Hypothesised relationships among the four constructs in the conceptual model were supported however the relationship between loyalty and corporate brand equity was weak. Research limitations/implications: This investigatory research is based on a one country sample making transferability and generalisability to other countries difficult. Practical implications: The findings of this research should enable 3PL managers to determine service offerings that are most important to either shippers or customers, develop a service package using such offerings to satisfy needs, and thus build loyalty and corporate brand equity among both parties. Originality/value: This paper adds to our knowledge of these constructs in a supply chain context, particularly for 3PLs, and provides an interdisciplinary approach to research in the supply chain domain.


Grant, D., Juntunen, J., Juga, J., & Juntunen, M. (2014). Investigating brand equity of third-party service providers. The journal of services marketing, 28(3), 214-222 .

Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Jul 27, 2014
Publication Date May 6, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Journal of services marketing
Print ISSN 0887-6045
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 3
Pages 214-222
Keywords Third-party logistics service providers; Service providers; Service quality; Customer satisfaction; Loyalty; Corporate brand equity
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of services marketing, 2014, v.28 issue 3.


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