Stories by Erica Pandey

How Gen Z is reviving passé brands

A man walks in a black Champion sweatshirt with the logo
Rocking the look in New York. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty

The quirky tastes of Gen Z are bringing old — and nearly obsolete — clothing brands back.

What's happening: The sports apparel brand Champion, which sells simple sweatshirts that feature its red and blue "C" logo, is having a big comeback, Bloomberg reports.

Walmart's robot army

A shelf-scanning bot at Walmart. Photo: Rick T. Wilking/Getty

Walmart has offered a glimpse at how it plans to move its stores into the future, announcing the addition of 3,900 aisle-mopping and shelf-scanning robots to its floors.

Reality check: Though 3,900 robots is a massive deployment, the impact to jobs will be significantly diluted as those bots are spread across 4,700 stores, says Darrell West of the Brookings Institution.

Main Street's salon boom

Two women look out the window of a salon
A salon in New York. Photo: Michael Nagle/Getty

As entire blocks worth of stores fall to behemoths like Walmart and Amazon, a surprising source of jobs has been the salon industry — a retail stronghold thriving because it provides services that can't move online.

What's happening: The occupations of nail technician and hair stylist are commanding an increasingly large share of retail jobs, and economists are sounding the alarm, saying these are among the least stable and lowest-paying jobs in the country.