Updated from Mar. 11 to include additional reports from The Information.
Since Facebook (FB) spun out Messenger as a standalone app, the company has been continuously expanding on its capabilities, and one of the many features being built into the app includes the ability to transact.
But don't expect Messenger e-commerce to look like any of the social networks' trendy Buy Buttons.
"I really see Messenger as a new type of medium when it comes to commerce," said Yoram Wurmser, an analyst at Forrester. "I very much think that Facebook is going to avoid slapping on a buy button. It's a different experience --much more conversational."
According to TechCrunch sources, Facebook is developing a software development kit -- also known as an SDK, these are tools to help developers build applications for a specific platform -- that would let retailers build bots to interact with Messenger users and enable shopping. Essentially, retailers will be able to create their own version of M, Messenger's digital assistant.
Plus, The Information discovered hints about other commerce features within Messenger's code. One feature that has yet to be released would allow users to make purchases in physical stores using Messenger, similar to Apple (AAPL) Pay or Google's (GOOG) (GOOGL) Android Pay.
The code also included a feature that would surface "suggested businesses" that users could click on to chat with. One could easily see this becoming an area where retailers could pay to be promoted, similar to being promoted on the News Feed.