The measurement of service quality: an application of SERVQUAL method
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SERVQUAL which calculates the differences between expectations and perceptions of the customers for a specific service is currently the most popular measure of service quality. This study aims to apply SERVQUAL at a Turkish company which operates in apparel manufacturing business and has many stores where these products are sold in. The interviews that are made with the company managers help to discuss the SERVQUAL results. The SERVQUAL score of the company shows that the customers' expectations are well satisfied by the services delivered by the company. However the small shortfall still provides a room to make further improvements. The areas where the company can make improvements are also identified in the study for setting effective service quality goals; modifying the evaluation, reward and control systems for employees which will be based on service quality delivery; giving employees flexibility and initiative in handling problems; taking competition more seriously and acting accordingly.