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The building of customer relations within the retail industry

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. C.J. Jooste en_US
dc.contributor.author Botha, Pieter Hendrik
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-20T09:48:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-20T09:48:15Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-20
dc.date.submitted 1999-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6245
dc.description M.Comm. en_US
dc.description.abstract The first objective of this study is to determine the techniques appropriate for building customer relations. The second objective of this study is to establish the guidelines necessary for improving customer relations. The third objective is to establish the levels of relationships that have taken place between the respective manufacturing and customer (retail) companies under study. The fourth objective is to discover if any best practices with regards to relationship building can be identified. Restrictions/Limitations The study under focus relates only to a small sample in the South African economy. Although one could probably use the findings as a representative sample, a more valid statistical measure will be gleaned from a larger sample. Unfortunately little research has been reported on relationship marketing in South Africa in recent years. A report by Jordaan et. al. (1997) was released on key account management, which is an instrument to successful marketing relationships. In fact, no concrete conclusions have been drawn with regards to South African companies' channel relationship positions between suppliers and customers. Due to the latter, the research study has been of an exploratory nature. The hypothesis put forward, together with the research study, will serve as an excellent cornerstone for further research developments. Research methodology Part One: Theory Information for this study has been collected by making use of the following ways. Firstly information concerning the development of customer relations from the pre 1960's, was retrieved from a product manager at Unilever, by means of an interview. Secondly, information was captured from published and unpublished literature about the development of the concept of relationship marketing and its rightful place within the general field of marketing. Information concerning techniques, guidelines and best practices for relationship/partnership building, have been extracted from various literature sources. Part Two: Empirical study An empirical study has been undertaken to determine to what extent South African fast moving consumer goods companies have progressed towards a synergistic partnership between supplier and customer. The information was collected by means of an unstructured questionnaire directed at the following five focus group companies, namely, Cadbury's/Schweppes, Coca-Cola, Nestle, National Brands and Unilever. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Customer relations en_US
dc.subject Retail trade -- Customer services en_US
dc.subject Retail trade -- Customer services en_US
dc.title The building of customer relations within the retail industry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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