... when you order an item that was being shipped to your home, the delivery person rang the bell or knocked on the door. You then signed something that showed that you'd received it, and you took your package inside. Some shippers still do this. In fact, I have signed for two packages in recent weeks. If I'm not home, a note is stuck on my front door telling me that I missed the delivery and that they'll be back tomorrow. Or I can drive over to the depot, sign for the package, and bring it home.
I'm sure someone's now thinking "Oh, that's too inconvenient!" Really? More inconvenient than have the package stolen off your front porch? Live in an apartment? Always opt for he delivery option where someone has to sign for the package. If that's too hard for ya, there's still brick-n-mortar stores.